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Shaker Regional School District names new superintendent

The Shaker Regional School District announced Tuesday that the school board unanimously elected Maria Dreyer as the new superintendent.

“I am very excited, and I really appreciate the welcoming that I’ve received,” said Dreyer, who has been interim superintendent since July. “I really think that I’m very fortunate to be in such a supportive community and have such a supportive school board.”

Dreyer’s contract extends until June 30, 2015. The district, which includes Canterbury and Belmont, has been without a superintendent for more than a year. Before coming to the district in July, Dreyer was assistant superintendent at Mascenic Regional School District. She’s also taught in New Hampshire and Massachusetts, and she served as a special education director in Florida for several years.

“Maria is intimately familiar with the Common Core Standards we are all compelled to align with, and her background in special education will help us be sure we are serving this population as well as all of our students,” said Pret Tuthill, school board chairman, in a release.

Implementing Common Core will be the biggest challenge over the next few years, Dreyer said. As an interim superintendent, it can be hard to set long-term goals because there is not infinite time, she said, but that is different now that her position is official.

Since she arrived, Dreyer has been attending as many local meetings as possible to get to know both communities, she said. The school board cited these efforts when they elected Dreyer as superintendent.

“She is an energetic educator, committed to public education and determined to see every child in our district succeed academically and be prepared for life after high school,” Tuthill said.

The district has roughly 1,400 students.

(Kathleen Ronayne can be reached at 369-3309 or or on Twitter at @kronayne.)

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