Kingswood's MacMillan leaving in July

May 07, 2009
WOLFEBORO — Governor Wentworth Regional School District Superintendant Jack Robertson announced on Monday that Kingswood Regional High School Principal Paul MacMillan has resigned his position effective July 1, to accept an offer to become the Superintendent of Schools in the White Mountains School Administrative Unit 35 in Littleton.

MacMillan was chosen as the new SAU 35 Superintendent at an Executive Board meeting on April 27. According to the Littleton Courier, Board Chair Tina Peabody said "He really is in it for the students. I think he'll work well with everybody." Interim Superintendent Bob Patterson said he was impressed by the staff at [Kingswood] and how highly they spoke of MacMillan. "If he has one deficit everyone agrees on, it's that he works too hard." Patterson said. "I'm delighted. We couldn't have asked for better."

MacMillan became principal of Kingswood on July 1, 1997 after working in the Conway School District for 20 years as a teacher, coach, athletic director, assistant principal and principal of Kennett High School. He was named New Hampshire Art Teacher of the Year in 1985 and Kennett High School Teacher of the Year in 1993.

Robertson acknowledged that "Paul has had a long-time career goal of one day becoming a superintendent of schools…He has devoted a significant portion of his life to helping students who live within the Governor Wentworth Regional School District. He will be missed by the students and his colleagues as he embarks on his new career. We know that he will bring the same level of care and commitment to Profile that he has given to our District and wish him happiness and success in his new position."

Commenting on his 12 years as Kingswood's principal, Robertson called him "a strong advocate for students. "His tenure included the implementation of the Kingswood Scholar Program, which broadened the recognition of student achievement as well as the appreciation of student contributions to the school community. Helping young people make good choices in their lives has been the basis of his educational philosophy. His commitment to the students brought him to work every day long before sunrise and he made a point of trying to see all of the students as they arrived at school. Paul provided critical leadership during two NEAS&C evaluations during his 12 years as principal. In the district's recent effort to obtain approval for its building project, Paul's efforts were instrumental in securing the needed support."

A resident of Conway, MacMillan is married and has three children.

Robertson said the school board has begun the search for a replacement, adding that it would begin with internal candidates.

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