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School board launches search for new principals

October 05, 2011
The School Board met Monday, Oct. 3 in a special joint session with the Gilmanton board to begin the search process for two new principals.

Current interim principals Bob Pederson at GHS and Kara Lamontagne at GES will be replaced for the 2012 school-year. The two interim principals stepped up after the former principals, Ken Wiswell at GHS and Jack Billings at GES, left at the end of the 2011 school year. The board members appointed two interim principals to serve this year so they could have a longer time-frame to conduct a proper search.

Board members agreed to form an 11-member search committee to seek out candidates for the high school principal. This board includes two teachers, Superintendent Kent Hemingway, Rae Mello-Andrews as the Gilford board representative, Fred Weeks as the Gilmanton board's representative, and a parent, an additonal parent from Gilmanton, and two students and two Gilford parents.

The GES search committee will consist of a similar seven-member board, without any Gilmanton or student representatives.

"I like the idea of odd numbers," said Giford Chairman Kurt Webber, recalling the diffuculties the board had when selecting an additional member to fill the vacant board seat when they were split two by two on different candidates.

Hemingway hopes to have the two boards selected and review candidates by December so they can start the first round of interviews in the begining of January. He plans to have his recomendation to the school board by Feb. 7.

During the meeting, Hemingway recognized the accedamic achivements of several Advanced Placment students from a round of AP courses last year. As juniors, Brian Burns, Seth McNutt and Chris Weeks, present at the meeting, along with Shannon McQueen, Alexandra Remick, Mary Snow, not present, scored five out of five on their AP US History tests, putting them in the top nine percent of students in the country.

AP courses are assesed by a test administered by the AP organization itself, and scored on a one to five scale. According to Hemingway, 52 percent of students who take an AP course score below a three, wich is not a passing grade. He was thrilled to see this level of sucess, with seven students scoring a perfect grade in one Gilford AP course.

The students humbly thanked their teacher, and attributed their sucess to great teaching through their course.

Additionally, Coach Dave Pinkham introduced Brenden Murphy, who will receive the first ever NHIAA Scholar Athlete of the Month award for outstanding athletive and accademic achivments.

According to Pinkham, Murphy is a great athlete on the football and lacrosse fields, and maintains a grade point average well above 4.0 while particapating on two sports teams each year.

"He is an excellent roll-model for fellow students and athletes," said Pinkham.

The NHIAA will give this award out to one male and one female student-athlete in the state each month.

Martin Lord Osman
Salmon Press
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