Published DateLACONIA — The new director of the Huot Regional Technical Education Center will be David Warrander, the Multi-Media instructor for the Stafford Technical Center in Rutland, Vermont.
Warrender, said Asst. Superintendent Terri Forsten, was the top applicant in a pool of what she described last night to the School Board's Budget and Personnel Committee as a extremely qualified group of educators.
She said the search committee, headed by Laconia High School Principal Jim McCullum, felt he was the "top tier" candidate to take over for retiring Director Scott Davis.
Davis, who announced his retirement early this spring, will stay with the district on a limited part-time basis to see the completion of the renovations at the Huot Center and to ease the Warrender's transition. Forsten told the committee she expected him to work two to three half-days a week through October, on an hourly basis.
Warrender, according to his profile on the Stafford Technical Center Website, has also taught college level technical classes in Vermont and was the coordinator of Summer and After School Programming. He has 12 years of experience.
He is a graduate of Castleton State College and holds a Bachelor of Science in Communications and a Master of Education.
Rutland, Vermont is the third largest city in Vermont. With a population of just over 16,000 people and nestled in the Green Mountains, it mirrors Laconia and the surrounding area in many ways.
Stafford Technical Center offers education programming very similar to that offered by the Huot Technical Center. It also offered classes in Music Technology and Recreation, Resort and Small Business Management.
Forsten also recommended to the Budget and Personnel Committee that the School District form a search committee for the position of assistant superintendent. She said she ran an application in newspapers in Laconia, Concord, and Manchester and has gotten one completed package and a number of e-mail inquiries from potential candidates she said are of top quality.
With August 1 as the latest target hiring date, Forsten said she is hoping to have someone on board as soon as July 1. With the retirement of Superintendent Bob Champlin, Forsten takes over as superintendent on July 1.
She recommended the hiring committee consist of three building-level administrators, a representative from one of the unions, two parents — one from the elementary level and one from the middle-high school level and herself. Chris Guilmett said he would like to participate as a member of the School Board or as a parent.