New high school principal named

 

Nashua administrator hired for Laconia at $108,500

By RICK GREEN, LACONIA DAILY SUN

LACONIA — Michael Fredericksen, an interim assistant superintendent at the Nashua School District, will become the new principal at Laconia High School at a salary of $108,500.

The School Board approved the hiring of Fredericksen on Tuesday night. He will fill the position being vacated by David Bartlett, who is leaving to become an assistant principal at Rundlett Middle School in Concord.

Fredericksen, 54, was principal of Elm Street Middle School in Nashua last summer when he agreed to take the one-year interim position as assistant superintendent in that district at a salary of $107,250.

He took that job at a time when two assistant superintendents and the superintendent in Nashua were all departing. Now he's ready to return to working at a school campus.

“I wanted to get back to being a building principal,” he said.

“To be honest with you, we were laughing about it – we've come up here numerous times on weekends and we've always thought it would be really nice to relocate up here. It seemed like a good change.”

He likes to fish and looks forward to exploring the region's lakes and hiking trails.

Fredericksen said he is impressed with Laconia High School.

“I love the size of the high school,” he said. “I love the fact that it has a career technical center attached to it. I like the pride in the kids and staff here.”

Fredericksen holds an undergraduate degree in engineering the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and a master's in educational administration from Rivier University in Nashua. He and his wife, Kathy, have five children, including one still in high school.

Bartlett, who was paid $103,000 yearly as principal of Laconia High School, announced in April that he was taking the middle school job in Concord.

"I have greatly appreciated the work we have done together over the last four years," he said in a short email to the school faculty. "Laconia High School and the members of this community have and will continue to have a special place in my heart."

Laconia School District Superintendent Dr. Brendan Minnihan promised a search both within and outside of the district to find a successor to Bartlett, who left after just one year as principal. He was previously assistant principal at the school.

After Bartlett announced his resignation, Minnihan said it would be good if the next principal at the school is able to stay for a longer term.

"Stability is always a good thing," he said. "Hopefully, the person we get to come on has the right skill set and the right interest to stay for a long time."

Michael Fredericksen and his wife, Kathy, stand outside the Laconia School Board meeting Tuesday, where approval was given to hire him as principal at Laconia High School. (Rick Green/Laconia Daily Sun)

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