LACONIA — The School Board last night voted unanimously to offer Dr. Philip McCormack the position of interim superintendent.
It also voted unanimously to give Chair Joe Cormier the right to negotiate a one-year contract that will be brought back to the full board for possible approval in two weeks.
The decision came after a 45-minute non-public session and following an hour-long interview with McCormack last week by a board subcommittee named to review candidates recommended by the N.H. School Boards Association. McCormack was the only one interviewed.
McCormack served as the Inter-Lakes School District superintendent for eight years before his retirement in 2012. Before that he served as the superintendent of the Keene School District for 14 years.
Earlier in his career, he was the principal of the Inter-lakes High School and also the principal of Plymouth High School.
In 2003 he was named the New Hampshire Superintendent of the Year.
Most recently, McCormack served as interim superintendent in the Newfound Regional School District in Bristol during the illness and after the subsequent death of Dr. Marie Ross.
Should contract negotiations with McCormack be successful, he will guide the Laconia School District during the next year while the board searches for a permanent replacement for Superintendent Terri Forsten, who will assume the helm of the Concord School District on July 1.