Newfound school district hires new superintendent
The Newfound Area School District has hired Stacy Buckley of Concord as the new superintendent, the school board said yesterday.
“She is the right person for the job, and we know everyone is eager to extend an open hand in joining us as we welcome the chosen one out of several strong options . . . to take on this important role as our superintendent of schools,” board Chairman Vincent Paul Migliore said in a release.
The district includes Alexandria, Bridgewater, Bristol, Danbury, Groton, Hebron and New Hampton. Buckley is replacing Dr. Phil McCormack, who began serving as interim superintendent in the fall when then-Superintendent Marie Ross suddenly fell ill. Ross died in January.
A 14-person screening committee consisting of educators, parents and community members sifted through 16 candidates and ultimately presented four to the school board, according to the release. Buckley then became one of the three finalists to visit each school and was publicly interviewed by the board.
The board said Buckley’s experience best met the needs of the district. She most recently served as superintendent of SAU 19, which includes Dunbarton, Goffstown and New Boston. She has also worked as a school psychologist and special education director in Belmont and SAU 18, and she has served as an assistant and interim superintendent. While superintendent at SAU 19, she oversaw the construction of a new preschool and kindergarten building and a new wing on an old community school.
Buckley expressed a desire to work in a small district with a single school board, which would give her more time in the classroom, the release said. She was not available for comment.