Business Administrator Ed Emond retires after 19 years with the Laconia School District
By ALANA PERSSON, LACONIA DAILY SUN
LACONIA — It was a teary goodbye for Ed Emond, Business Administrator of the Laconia School District at SAU 30, as he closed out his 19 years with the district this past Thursday.
Working within the Laconia School District was never a regret for Emond, yet he will admit that when he graduated from college working for a school district was not what he expected from his future.
As a young man, Emond graduated from Southern New Hampshire University with a degree in accounting and computer science, which provided him with the "nuts and bolts" of budgeting and accounting systems. Using the skills he had attained in college, Emond worked for various different businesses, including the New Hampshire Municipal Association, and a state sand and gravel company. Additionally, Emond became involved in his local community, Allenstown, where he was on the budget committee and Board of Selectmen. Within these jobs and local positions Emond expanded his skill set, gaining knowledge of risk management, administration within a government entity, and legislation, which later would help him thrive as a district administrator.
After a period of time establishing himself in the workforce, Emond decided to further his education, by returning to Southern New Hampshire University in 1995 to receive his Master of Business Administration. Following this scholastic achievement, Emond accepted his first administrative position within the Woodsvillle School District. After a few years of groundwork in Woodsville, Emond left the district to accept a position in Laconia, where he has stayed ever since.
Emond's started off his career with a bang, as on his first day within the Laconia School District he opened the bids at Woodland Heights School for switching the school's heating system from electric to natural gas. This bold move would be the first of many, as one by one he embarked on projects to restore all of the schools within the district.
Beginning with the elementary schools, Emond learned the ins and outs of how to best conduct school restoration projects, which helped make the larger projects a success. Looking back at the improvements made within the district, Emond shared he was most proud of the Laconia Middle School renovation.
"Tackling the middle school renovation was a challenge" said Emond. "There were so many proposals and we were working with a big budget, so it was rewarding watching the school district officials, school board members, and taxpayers all rally behind the renovation to make it a reality."
Leaving the Laconia School District with so much accomplished, Emond tributes much of his success to his ability to keep credibility in the budget regardless of the project or situation. For Emond there were always new solutions waiting to be found, and alternative ways to manage the budget so that new things could be implemented to better the educational experience. Sometimes it was a struggle to achieve all financial goals, and in some ways Laconia fell short in keeping up with surrounding districts, however, Emond never felt that the limited resources stinted the district's success.
"The special thing about Laconia schools is that the people who work here do it because of compassion and a desire to empower students," said Emond. "Here, it's never about the money."
Looking ahead to the future, Emond's No. 1 priority is to spend time caring for his brother with Down syndrome. In addition to spending time with his family, Emond has received his real-estate license with Keller Williams Lakes and Mountains, where he will be working real-estate primarily in the Lakes Region, with four months a year selling real-estate in Naples, Florida.
Although Emond has officially left the school district, he is still planning on staying connected with the school and local community. Recently, he has joined the Board of Directors with Lakes Region Community Services, and looks forward to helping continue make the community a better place for people to live in.
When asked if Emond would alter anything during his time as Business Administrator, he said no.
"I have never regretted working for the school sector," said Emond. "I am proud of my time here and my accomplishments. It's a great city and a school district, and I wouldn't change any of it."
Ed Emond, Business Administrator of Laconia School District, proudly stands in front of the school photos that represent the many projects he has worked on over his career. (Alana Persson/Laconia Daily Sun)