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A new era in New Durham

Longtime principal heading off to retirement

NEW DURHAM SCHOOL Principal Barbara Reed hugs Superintendent Jack Robertson at a recent ceremony honoring the school districtís retirees. Heather Terragni. (click for larger version)
June 01, 2011
NEW DURHAM — This fall, when the students roam the hallways and are busy studying in their classrooms at the New Durham School, Principal Barbara Reed won't be there.

Reed has been the principal at the school for 18 years, but after the last day of school on June 3, Reed will officially be retired.

"It is sour and bittersweet," Reed said. "I have been here 18 years, and I feel like this is my community."

Reed recently had her daughter move next door to her and she has a grandson to take care of. She will also be busy caretaking her elderly mother and an uncle.

Reed joked about what she will do with her free time.

"I am still looking for something to do when I grow up," Reed added.

Before coming to New Durham, she started in Alton as the director of special education, moved onto Salem, where she was a special education coordinator, was the principal in Barnstead for three years and was a resource room teacher in Gilford.

Reed will definitely miss working with the people at the New Durham School.

"It has been such a pleasure in this school and in this community," Reed said. "I believe that we have created a family."

Reed has been working with Lisa Tremblay, who will be taking over for her next year.

Tremblay has been attending meetings with Reed, which should allow for a smooth transition.

Reed is eager to slow down in bit in her retirement.

"I am looking forward to a slower pace of life and to living my life," Reed added. "I have had to choose the school over my family. Now I will be able to choose my family."

She said that the timing is perfect.

"You know when it's right. It's right," Reed said.

Reed said the faculty presented her with a gorgeous quilt at her retirement, and that the students were planning something as well.

Superintendent Jack Robertson knows that the school is losing an important person with Reed retiring.

"Barbara is really a very special person. You won't find anyone that is more compassionate and more committed to the children," Robertson said. "She is going to be a tremendous loss to the district."

Robertson is happy to provide Tremblay, who is transferring from the Effingham School where she was part-time at only three days a week, the opportunity to come to the New Durham School and work full-time with the students.

Robertson sees Tremblay coming in now as a great benefit.

"She's already put her toes in the water," Robertson added. "Each school has its own nuances."

Tim Croes can be reached at tcroes@salmonpress.com or 569-3126

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