Jim Chase will finish out year as principal of Elm Street School

LACONIA — Elm Street School Principal Kevin Michaud will resign from the Laconia School District effective February 21 for family and health reasons, said Superintendent Terri Forsten yesterday. He became principal in July of 2012.

Beginning on March 11, the retired Laconia High School Dean of Students/ Athletic Director Jim Chase will serve as interim principal until a permanent replacement for Michaud's can be hired.

Forsten said Chase was an elementary school teacher for most of his career. He began teaching at Elm Street School and was at one time the principal of the Pleasant Street School.

The search for a new principal will begin in March and Forsten said she anticipates a new one will be hired by the beginning of July.

Michaud came to Laconia from Milton, where he was an assistant principal at both the elementary and middle/high schools. Prior to that post, he build a considerable resume in the State of Maine.