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Newfound district superintendent Marie Ross dies after sudden illness

Newfound Area School District Superintendent Marie Ross died Saturday after a brief illness. Ross’s husband and adult children were with her when she died, district officials said.

“It’s really sad for those of us who worked closest with Marie,” said Newfound School Board Chairman Vincent Paul Migliore of Bridgewater. “She brought an amazing level of enthusiasm to her role. She was an important member of the community.”

The Newfound district represents the towns of Alexandria, Bridgewater, Bristol, Danbury, Groton, Hebron and New Hampton. The district notified many people in the communities by email or reverse 911 phone calls Saturday night.

Ross took the post eight years ago. She has been on leave since late September after suddenly falling ill while visiting family in Baltimore.

She owned a home in New Hampton and was an active leader in the greater life of the district, Migliore said.

In early December, she told the board she would not seek to renew her contract when it expires in June. Former Inter-Lakes School District Superintendent Phil McCormack has served as an interim superintendent since November.

A search committee expects to name a new superintendent in March, Migliore said.

Ross will be remembered at the board’s meeting tonight, and at a more formal celebration of her life at a later date, he said.

“She’ll be fondly remembered and sorely missed,” he said.

(Sarah Palermo can be reached at 369-3322 or
spalermo@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @SPalermoNews.)

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