LACONIA — Laconia School Board Chairman Joe Cormier, who is stepping down after serving 12 years on the board, was honored at an informal reception held at the Huot Culinary Arts Center at Laconia High School Tuesday evening.
Past and present school board members and members of the school administrators attended the gathering to thank Cormier for his service.
Cormier said that he was pleased to be a part of the Joint Building Committee which worked to build a new Middle School during his time on the board, as well as to expand the Huot Center, renovate portions of Laconia High School ,and build the Bank of New Hampshire Stadium and artificial surface playing field at the high school.
Laconia City Councilman Bob Hamel, who co-chaired the JBC, said that Cormier was a hard worker who took a lot of pride in his work and always looked to move the project along while keeping in mind what the city could afford to spend.
Former School Board Chairman Marge Kerns said Cormier has always been ''a great guy to work with. He did his homework in order to get the job done and was always a peacemaker when it came to differences of opinion. He always reached out.''
She noted that Cormier has also played an active role in the community by coaching and officiating in youth sports.
Cormier said that Kerns was his mentor when he first joined the school board, as was former board chairman Bob Dissatti.
''I was a little green when I first joined the board but they helped me a lot, just like former Superintendent Bob Champlin.''
Cormier, who has worked in purchasing at New Hampshire Ball Bearing for the last 18 years and prior to that was purchasing agent for the city of Laconia, says that he will continue to remain active in board activities until a new superintendent is selected.