The Darien Board of Education unanimously voted to elect Stephen V. Falcone as the school district's new superintendent of schools at the Board's regular meeting Monday night.

Current Superintendent Donald Fiftal announced his upcoming retirement earlier this year, and will officially step down on June 30. Falcone has worked for the district on and off for more than a decade, and is currently the assistant superintendent of secondary education. He will assume his new position on July 1.

Board Member Susan Perticone told the Board as well as the roughly three-dozen residents and school officials in attendance that "the role of superintendent is much more than a person filling a position."

A superintendent should "be the face of our community, and I am confident Darien will be well-represented," Perticone said.

Several other members of the Board of Education also spoke in favor of naming Falcone as the new superintendent.

Falcone began his teaching career at Canterbury School in New Milford, where he was also the assistant director of admissions and was later appointed director of development, according to Board Member Clara Sartori, who headed the search for the new superintendent.

Falcone joined Darien High School in the 1990s as a history and social studies teacher, and was named assistant principal of Darien High School in 1998. He left the district in 2001, to become principal of Fox Lane High School in Bedford, N.Y., before returning in 2005 to assume his current position.

He has a bachelor's degree in political science from Amherst college, a master's in liberal studies with a concentration in social studies from Wesleyan University, a C.A.S. in education administration from Sacred Heart University and a Ph.D. in educational leadership from the University of Connecticut.