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Hoiriis named new Principal at Newfound

April 15, 2015
BRISTOL — Cheers erupted at the Newfound Area School Board's April 13 meeting when the board appointed Assistant Principal Paul Hoiriis to succeed Principal Michael O'Malley at Newfound Regional High School.

Hoiriis was one of two finalists for the position who met with community members prior to the board's final decision. The other candidate was Christopher Lord, co-leader of the High School Principal's Think Tank, based out of Merrimack College.

O'Malley will retire on June 30 after having served the district for 30 years as a history teacher and administrator.

His replacement, who has been at the high school since 2011, is this year's Assistant Principal of the Year, named by the New Hampshire Association of School Principals, and he was the recipient of the Carol J. Estes Community Leader Award from Communities for Alcohol and Drug Free Youth.

Hoiriis obtained his Bachelor's degree in Business Administration and Political Science from Baylor University and his juris doctorate from Boston University School of Law. After serving in a variety of legal positions, he became a para-educator, then a seventh-grade social studies teacher at Newfound Memorial Middle School. He received his master of education degree in Educational Leadership from Plymouth State University in December 2011.

After his appointment, Superintendent Stacy Buckley issued a statement calling Hoiriis "an outstanding leader in our community" and went on to say, "I am confident that he will take Newfound Regional High School into the future and continue to expand and improve all of the great things that are already happening. I am pleased to have such a skilled and talented leader at our high school."

The appointment of the new principal was part of the school board's first live-streamed meeting from a new video studio in the high school's media center. New, robotic cameras and desk microphones carried the signal to a control room where a time-delayed signal sent the program directly to YouTube, allowing residents in the community to view the meeting as it was happening, or to catch up by going online to www.youtube.com/watch?v=R5TxKtX0rN4.

The inaugural use of the video studio purchased with school board funds allowed technician Fred Robinson to fine-tune the sound and use of the equipment. The board asked that future videocasts have a link from the school district website to make it easier for residents to watch.

Business Administrator Michael Limanni commented that "It's also a huge resource for the students. … If you look at the potential of this kind of equipment being used, it goes well beyond a board meeting, so it is a gift from the school board to that degree, too."

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