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SAU 35 Superintendent resigns

May 20, 2020
LITTLETON — On May 5, the Executive Board of Directors for SAU 35 accepted the resignation of Superintendent Pierre Couture. The board is now seeking an interim superintendent for the 2020-2021 school year.

Couture served as the Superintendent of five school districts serving the towns of Bethlehem, Lisbon, Lyman, Easton, Franconia, Sugar Hill and Landaff. Hired in 2013 after his predecessor Paul MacMillian retired, Couture was chosen from a pool of 26 candidates.

According to Executive School Board Chair, Luther Kinney, Couture's last day will be June 30, which aligns with the district's fiscal year. The position is listed on School Spring, a job-seeking platform designed by educators.

A 1981 graduate of White Mountains Regional High School, Couture was a high school state champion wrestler. He coached at Milford High School from 1986 to 1999 while also teaching precision machining and technology education.

In 1999, Couture became the Assistant Principal of Groveton High School, where he continued coaching. In 2003, he became that school's Principal, a position he held for ten years before migrating to SAU 35.

While employed in Groveton, Couture graduated from Rivier College with a Masters in School Leadership. In 2011, he completed the Plymouth State University Superintendent Certification Program and received his Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies (CAGS).

In a letter addressed to all five school boards, Couture said, "The teachers, students and families are fortunate to have supportive school boards such as yours. All of you take great pride in your schools and your students."

In July, Couture will become the Superintendent of the Newfound Area School District (SAU 4), which encompasses six schools in the Bristol area and serves more than 1,200 students. Newfound Regional High School provides educational services for Alexandria, Bridgewater, Bristol, Danbury, Groton, Hebron, Hill and New Hampton.

While Kinney said the Executive Board has not yet determined a closing date for the listed position, he anticipates more information to come soon. The next remote Board meeting is scheduled for June 2, but he said there might be another one in the interim due to the tight timeline for the selection process.

"Without meeting in person, it's definitely been a challenge, but we will soon have a process in place," he explained.

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