LACONIA – Terri Forsten has accepted the position as superintendent for the Concord School District and will be starting on July 1.
Forsten has been the superintendent of the Laconia School District for two years and its assistant superintendent before that. She has been with the Laconia School District for 20 years.
"I wanted it, I applied for it and now that it happened I'm taking pause and realizing just how my life and career has been shaped by Laconia," she said. "I am so grateful to have had this chunk of my life here."
Forsten started with Laconia Schools as the principal of Pleasant Street School in 1995 and in 2005 was promoted to assistant superintendent. In 2013 she was promoted to superintendent in the wake of former Superintendent Bob Champlin's retirement.
Before coming to Laconia, she was with the Hollis, Candia, and Concord School Districts as a special education teacher and curriculum coordinator. She also worked as a special education teacher at Concord State Hospital.
She said Laconia was a district that was just small enough to be able to move with the times and just large enough to be able to take advantage of many federal and state programs.
"A piece of Laconia will always remain with me," she said.
Forsten graduated from Keene State College with her teaching degrees and earned her master's at the University of New Hampshire. She has taken graduate courses at Harvard University and Plymouth State University and earned her certification to be a superintendent.
A unanimous Concord School Board decision to make her the next superintendent came as no surprise. Forsten lives in Concord and was the selection committee's first and only choice presented to the full board.
As to Laconia, Forsten said that the School Board has posted a meeting for April 15 at 6 p.m. to interview companies who have submitted applications to do a superintendent's search.
She also said that Assistant Superintendent Kirk Beitler and Business Administrator Ed Emond and the rest of the school district staff will be in place and she has every confidence in them.
Last week, School Board Chair Joe Cormier sent an email to all staff and School Board members saying the same thing and reminding them that the leadership team is a team and not just one person.