LACONIA — Former Inter-Lakes superintendent Phil McCormack was interviewed last night by the subcommittee of the School Board tasked with finding and recommending a part-time administrator to lead the district next year.
McCormack was Inter-Lakes Regional School District's superintendent from 2001 until his retirement in 2012.
The following year, he was called from retirement by the N.H. School Boards Association to lead the Newfound Regional School District for a few months during the late Superintendent Marie Ross's illness. When she passed away, McCormack stayed for the remainder of the year.
The interview was conducted in public, however at the end of it, the three members – School Board Chair Joe Cormier and members Stacie Sirois and Scott Vachon – went into a non-public session with McCormack. Also at the interview and staying for the non-public session were Asst. Superintendent Kirk Beitler and Business Administrator Ed Emond.
The search for an interim superintendent was triggered by current Superintendent Terri Forsten's decision to leave Laconia at the end of this school year to take over the helm at Concord School District. Because Concord's final decision came late in the year, the Laconia School Board decided to hire an interim, according to Vachon, to promote initiatives already in place and calm the nerves of some employees who fear change, while it begins the process of recruiting a full-time superintendent.
Before going into the non-public session, Cormier said there were no more interviews scheduled for last night and, at that point, no more interviews scheduled for the immediate future.
The board met last week in a closed door session with Dr. Kenneth DeBenedictis of the New England School Development Council (NESDC), the firm the board chose to help it search for an interim superintendent who will serve until July 1, 2016.
DeBenedictis had brought two recommendations for the district's interim superintendent and the committee met in non-public to discuss both of them.
It is the School Board's intent to hire an interim and then immediately begin the process of hiring a permanent superintendent who they expect to name in December of 2015 and who will begin with the district in July of 2016.
The interim position will be for 32 hours a week with an hourly pay rate and no health insurance benefits.
The search committee is expected to make a recommendation to the full School Board for action after tonight's meeting.
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