Gilford School Board hires new Middle School principal

GILFORD — The School Board has hired Sydney Leggett to be the next principal of the Gilford Middle School.

For the past three years, Leggett has been the principal of Alton Central School, a kindergarten through 8th grade school, and was the Alton School District's Curriculum Coordinator before that.

She began her teaching career in the English Department at Gilford High School.

Leggett is a graduate of Oberlin College and received her Master's Degree from St. Michael's College in Colchester, Vermont. She earned her Education Specialist degree from the University of New Hampshire in December of 2011.

In June of 2012 she was awarded the Aspiring Administrators Award from the New Hampshire School Administrators Association.

The position became open when Middle School Principal Marcia Ross announced her retirement earlier this year.

"We welcome Sydney to the Gilford staff where she had already served in a umber of volunteer roles as a parent and an active member of the community," said Superintendent Kent Hemingway. "Her leadership in Alton has helped initiate and lead many innovations and improvements."

In an other school board issue, Hemingway said the last day for residents who want to fill the balance of a one-year term on the School Board is April 4. He said any one interested should call the SAU at 527-9512 and send a written letter of interest to the Gilford School Board. Hemingway said the board hopes to name the person at its April 7 meeting.