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John Stark Regional names retired colonel as its new principal

John Stark Regional High School has finished its search for a new leader, announcing late yesterday afternoon that Chris Corkery, a retired Army colonel and decorated war veteran, has been hired as the school’s principal.

Corkery is currently the assistant principal at Campbell High School in Litchfield. He begins his new job July 1, replacing Chris Mosca, who announced his resignation earlier this year.

Mosca, whose family lives in Maine, had been living in Weare part time the past three years, but said in February he will return to his home this summer because of the long commute.

Soon after Mosca revealed his plans, the school district formed a 10-member
search committee and announced its three finalists last month: Corkery, James Tremblay, the assistant principal at Merrimack Valley High School, and Laura Rogers, a guidance counselor at Goffstown High School.

Corkery, who was unavailable for comment yesterday, was chosen after an open forum two weeks ago gave students and parents a chance to speak with the candidates.

“We are excited to have Chris and his proven leadership skills join the SAU 24 community,” Superintendent Lorraine Tacconi-Moore said in a press release.

Corkery, educated at the University of New Hampshire and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York, was a math teacher at Manchester Central High School before moving to Campbell High to work as assistant principal.

A retired U.S. Army colonel, Corkery served in Iraq and Kuwait and was twice honored with the Bronze Star, awarded for acts of heroism, merit or meritorious service in a combat zone.

(Ray Duckler can be reached at 369-3304 or
rduckler@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @rayduckler.)

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