Published DateBRISTOL — The current superintendent of schools for SAU 19 — Goffstown, Dunbarton and New Boston — has been chosen to lead the Newfound Area School District (SAU 4). Stacy Buckley was picked from a field of 16 candidates, according to a statement released on Monday by the school board. Her contract will begin on July 1.
Buckley replaces Marie Ross, who took ill suddenly last fall and tragically died of brain cancer in January.
Philip McCormack, who retired as superintendent of the Inter-Lakes School District at the end of the 2011-2012 school year, has been been serving Newfound as interim superintendent.
"A 14 person screening committee that consisted of a wide variety of public officials, citizens, staff, parents, school administrators and principals as well as two of seven School Board members were given the challenging task of selecting candidates it felt could effectively or successfully perform in the role as our superintendent," said Vincent Paul Migliore, SAU and school board chairman. "With independence and little restriction, the committee narrowed its choices to a first round of in-person interviews after screening all applications received.
Charged with maintaining confidentially throughout and forever after the process to avoid any personal liability of non-compliance with RSA 91-A:3, II(b), Migliore said the Screening Committee presented four candidates, each of whom it felt could lead the district for the SAU Board to consider. "Ms. Buckley became one of three finalists for the position who visited all the schools, met with staff and some interested members of the public, and who were all publicly interviewed by the board," he said.
"We tried hard to keep the process consistent for each of the finalists we considered," Migliore said. "We wanted to have a thorough and sound basis to compare each of the candidates equally and fairly to make the best possible decision on behalf of the children in our district."
Migliore said it was clear that Buckley, a Concord resident, had the skill sets to math the needs of the Newfound district, including years of experience in special education — beginning with her time as a school psychologist and then a special education director in the Belmont School District and SAU#19; experience at the administrative level — all within the state of NH, beginning with her time as an assistant superintendent, interim superintendent and then as superintendent for SAU #19 for the past several years.
Newfound is a single co-operative school district serving the towns of Alexandria, Bridgewater, Bristol, Danbury, Groton, Hebron and New Hampton with six physical buildings that house a population of about 1,250 students, down from 1,309 at the start of the school year in October, 2012.