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Lamarque appointed interim assistant principal-AD at LES

September 23, 2009
WHITEFIELD — Todd Lamarque, a science teacher at Gorham High School (GHS), was appointed the interim assistant principal-athletic director at the 450 pre-kindergarten-to-grade 8 Lancaster Elementary School on Monday night by the White Mountains Regional School District school board at a pro-rated salary of $58,500.

Mr. Lamarque joined the GHS faculty in 2001 and now serves as its science department head. A 2000 graduate of Roger Williams University in Bristol, R. I. with B.A. in social science: public administration and education, he earned an M. A. in education in 2008 at Capella University. Mr. Lamarque is head baseball coach at GHS and has also coached youth football teams. He currently coaches the Mount Washington Wolves high-school aged football team.

The successful candidate was one of 27 applicants, including seven from within the WMR School District. Three applicants, all candidates from outside the District, were selected by an 11-member committee to be interviewed and LES principal Pat McLean recommended to SAU #36 Superintendent Dr. Lou Lafasciano that Mr. Lamarque be asked to fill the one-year interim position, with the understanding that he could apply for the permanent position when it is advertised in the spring.

Mr. Lamarque was appointed on a split school board vote, 4 to 2.

Cathy Warren of Carroll and Tim Overhoff of Whitefield voted "no." Ms. Warren asked a several questions directed at drawing attention to the number of in-house candidates who could have been selected, although, of course, without mentioning any names.

Board member Lynne Holland of Jefferson, who sat on the committee as a non-voting member, said that 14 males and 13 females had applied, although all did not meet the specific hiring criteria. The average age was 44 years old, and out-of-state candidates sent applications from Florida, Oregon, and Wisconsin.

Heather Boudle of Lancaster was not on hand for the meeting.

At the outside, Mr. Lamarque will take up his new duties within 30 days. Dr. Lafasciano said, however, that he had been in touch with his counterpart at SAU #20, Supt. Paul Bousquet, who said he would try to free him up as soon as possible.

The position is open because Rich Hartford accepted the principalship of the Northwood School in Northwood in late August. Mr. Hartford served as the assistant principal/AD at LES for seven years.

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