GILFORD — After 40 years as a teacher and administrator in New Hampshire schools, Marcia Ross has announcing her retirement as principal at Gilford Middle School, a post she has held since 2009.
The Gilford School Board accepted her retirement notice at their regular meeting last Thursday.
During those years, the Middle School has flourished, developed specific academic intervention programs, grown extracurricular participation in arts and athletics, and exceptional technology integration through cloud based computing, said Superintendent of Schools Kent Hemingway.
School Board Chair Sue Allen added, " We've been fortunate to have Marcia as principal of GMS for the past five years. The school motto, 'Be Respectful, Responsible, Resourceful and Confident' has had lasting impact on the Gilford community. Under her leadership our students have become motivated learners and better citizens. The entire community wishes her well in her retirement. "
"I have been fortunate to work with Marcia these past three years," continued Hemingway. "During my first year in Gilford with two interim principals, Marcia's experience and counsel helped me tremendously. Her knowledge of our children and families is deep. She has fostered a learning environment at GMS that supports achievement, creativity and collaboration. Her presence will be missed, but she has set GMS on a strong course for the future".
Prior to Gilford Middle School, Marcia was principal of Oyster River Middle School in Durham, and before that Assistant Principal of Gilford Middle High School from 1989-1997.