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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.

Henry, folks hate Michelle Rhee. She went in and cleaned up the school system and the unions and progressives were not happy.

While I wish Ms. Buckly the best of luck, I do not agree that she is the best choice for this position. This school board had a chacne to hire Dr. Tim Richard, he is a nationally recognized school reformer (think Michelle Rhee). I was greatly impressed by him during the interview visits and it was clear to me, and to just about everyone else, that he was the much better candidate. His answers were all on point, made sense, and very articulate. He was charming, charismatic, and passionate about education. We were all left with a feeling of energy and excitement at the thought of Dr. Richard becoming our new leader. Ms. Buckly came across as average at best. The feeling around here is one of let down and some are disappointed with the board for passing up on the opportunity to hire a high energy, young, and exciting guy like Dr. Richard.

Good Post Henry19! The issue is double fold.....first of all Dr. Richard is a "reformer" and second, they probably were looking to hire a woman. That is the way of the world, the progressive world that we live in today. The best are excused the mediocre are embraced.

And no where is this more apparent than in today's Republican Party! Jon Huntsman and Buddy Roemer cannot get a break while Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, and Ranch Dressing or whatever his name is . . . you know, the guy who's GOP Chair . . . THEY get lifted to the top of the ladder! LOL!!!

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