Abbot-Downing School principal leaving; search on for replacement

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Monitor staff
Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Abbot-Downing School in Concord is looking for its next principal.

Kathleen Riordan, who has been at the helm since 2014, tendered her resignation and will leave at the end of the school year.

“Having recently received her Doctorate in Leadership and Learning from Rivier University, Dr. Riordan is eager to take on new professional challenges,” superintendent Terri Forsten wrote in a letter to the school community.

Before Abbot-Downing, Riordan had spent four years in Massachusetts and more than a decade teaching in Derry schools.

“She’s done a lot of nice things over there. She has a great reputation,” said school board member Clint Cogswell. “I wish her well. With the shortage of administrators in New Hampshire, I don’t think she’ll have any trouble finding something.”

A committee searching for a replacement was scheduled to meet for the first time Monday. Abbot-Downing elementary staff, school board member Liza Poinier and a representative from the parent-teacher organization sit on the panel.

“We have received 23 applications – most are from candidates with strong administrative experience,” Forsten wrote in an email.

The committee anticipates holding preliminary interviews next week, she said. The goal is to recommend a candidate to the school board by mid-June. The position, which has a start date of July 1, was posted with a salary of $110,716 to $113,483, commensurate with experience.

(Lola Duffort can be reached at 369-3321 or lduffort@cmonitor.com.)