TAMWORTH — Former Gilford Superintendent Kent Hemingway Jr. said he is looking forward to the opportunity to help in a “limited capacity” as School Administrative Unit 13 — which includes schools in Tamworth, Freedom, and Madison — searches for permanent replacement following the departure on June 30 of Superintendent Lou Goscinski.
The SAU 13 Board voted to hire Hemingway as part-time interim superintendent following a nonpublic session on Tuesday. He begins his new duties on July 1.
Hemingway, who since leaving Gilford has served as a consultant in two superintendent searches for the New Hampshire School Boards Association, said he will help SAU 13 with its search, beginning this fall, with the goal of having a long-term superintendent in place by July 1, 2019.
Goscinski tendered his resignation on April 5 in order to accept a position as superintendent of schools in York, Maine, a much larger school district, in July.
SAU 13, one of the smallest administrative units in the state, formed in 1991 after years of discussion among the towns about splitting with Conway and setting up their own administrative offices.
Tamworth has a kindergarten-through-Grade 8 school, with students going to high school in Conway. Madison and Freedom elementary schools are K-6, with students then going on to Conway middle and high schools.
Hemingway said he started teaching at Tamworth’s Brett School in 1977 and he has lived in Tamworth since 2005. His wife taught in Tamworth and later served on the School Board, “so we’ve been involved at a bunch of levels,” he said.
Under the terms of his new, one-year contract, Hemingway will work no more than 30 hours per week.
Prior to serving in Gilford from 2011 to 2016, Hemingway had been assistant superintendent of the Rochester School District from 2005 to 2016. He had been a principal in Concord and Merrimack Valley school districts between 1985 and 2005.
In announcing the appointment, SAU 13 School Board Chairman Jack Waldron said Hemingway “brings considerable experience as a New Hampshire school leader serving in many capacities, including the executive board of the New Hampshire School Administrators Association and adjunct lecturer at Plymouth State University. He has been recognized for his contributions in leadership development and technology integration across the state.”
Hemingway said he has worked off and on at Plymouth State for a number of years, and most recently has taught graduate courses and supervised student teachers.
Most of all, since leaving Gilford, he has spent a lot of time with his family, he said. He retired from full-time work in 2016, driven by family concerns, but said some of those situations have changed, allowing him to accept the new part-time job.
“I’m looking forward to it,” he said.
Waldron said the search for a long-term superintendent will include participation by school staff members and those in the community with the goal of signing the next superintendent to a multi-year agreement by early 2019.