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School board accepts staff resignations


by Tara Giles
Sports reporter - Coos County Democrat and Berlin Reporter
May 28, 2020
WHITEFIELD — Over the past few months, the SAU 36 school district has accepted several resignations. New hires have been made as well and it is customary to see staff changes increase every few years as district needs change and individuals pursue other endeavors.

The most significant resignation as reported in the Cos County Democrat prior, is that of WMRHS Principal Mike Berry. Subsequently hired on as Interim Principal is Jacob Hess, with an approved salary of $90,000, for 262 days over the 2020-2021 school year. Hess will move up from his post as WMRHS Assistant Principal.

District resignations are as follows, Annabelle Black, Para-educator, LES, Carolyn Daigle, School Nurse, Lancaster Elementary School, Caroline Carr, MS Math Teacher, Whitefield Elementary School, Chad Carter, Physical Education Teacher, Whitefield Elementary School, Megan Littlehale, Paraprofessional, Whitefield Elementary School, Leslie Moore, Title I Teacher, Whitefield Elementary School, Deb Saucier. Administrative Assistant/Data Registrar, Diane MacDonald, Paraprofessional, WES and Kenneth Oakes, Part-Time Custodian, WMRHS, effective immediately, contingent upon approval of hire as Full-Time Custodian, WMRHS.

New hires include, Stephen Shapiro, Elementary Teacher, LES, Salary $36,500, Step 0BA+15; Nicole Matson, Elementary Teacher, LES, Salary $35,500.00, Step 0-BA; Kaitlyn Maccarone, Title I Teacher, LES, Salary $35,500, Step 0-BA, Catherine Burns, Paraprofessional, LES, Salary $13.50/hr., 35 hrs./wk, Susan Marineau, School Nurse, LES, Salary $56,528.00 (includes 5 additional days), Step OS-BA. Kenneth Oakes, Full-Time Custodian Level 2, WMRHS, Salary $18.40/hr., 40 hours/week, Melisa Wadsworth, Assistant to Director of Finance/Grants $21.55/hour - 40 hours - Effective May 1, and Kelly Dussault, SEL/Wellness Coordinator, Annual Salary $68,850 - Effective July 1.

While graduation ceremonies have been a top priority for district leadership, all that has been nailed down at this time are the dates. The planning is still underway.

In a letter to Faculty, Staff and residents, Superintendent Marion Anastasia said, "We had originally planned for our 8th and 12th grade graduations to be held in August. Recently, I reached out to our local (Lancaster) Emergency Management Team, Whitefield Fire and Police Departments, and Health officials to discuss the graduations and their recommendations in 'real' time."

She added, "Together, with the WMRSD Administrators, we decided that June ceremonies are appropriate at this time and that August brings uncertainties. The Town officials will be involved in the planning to ensure all attendees will be safe and they will also be on the sites to help with any logistics."

WMRHS graduation will take place on June 12 at 6 p.m. LES eighth grade graduation will take place on June 11 with the time to be determined. WES graduation will take place on June 19, also with a time to be determined.

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