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Resignation of Paul School principal shocks community

Parents and teachers ask school board to ask principal to reconsider

by Thomas Beeler
Editor of The Granite State News

TRICIA LYNN-MOSER in a September 2010 photo taken just after she became Paul School principal. (Daymond Steer photo) (click for larger version)
March 08, 2012
WAKEFIELD — Paul School Principal Tricia Lynn-Moser submitted a letter of resignation to the Wakefield School Board at their Feb. 22 meeting, which the board discussed and accepted in nonpublic session.

Moser, who took over as Paul School Principal in the fall of 2010 following the one-year term of Patrick Troy, was nearing the end of her second one-year contract, and it is not clear whether she was offered a contract renewal before she tendered her resignation.

News of the resignation spread quickly through the school and out into the Wakefield community. Reportedly 23 teachers wrote to the school board asking them to persuade the principal to stay. SAU 64 Superintendent Gail Kushner confirmed that letters from teachers were submitted at the board's Feb. 22 meeting, but she did not have a count. School Board Chair Priscilla Colbath also confirmed that the board had received the letters and knew their subject, but did not read them prior to going into nonpublic session to discuss the resignation. Once the decision was made to accept Moser's resignation, no response to the letters was needed, Colbath said.

Parents of Paul School students are particularly upset with the decision, and a petition is currently circulating asking the board to reinstate the principal. As of press time more than 50 signatures have been collected.

The petition, addressed to the Wakefield School Board, reads: "We the parents, teachers, staff and residents of Wakefield would like to respectfully ask you to ask Ms. Moser to reconsider her decision to resign from her position as Principal. Below are the signatures of the people that feel having Ms. Moser as our Principal is an asset. Our school has gone through a lot of changes over the last few years and not all of them good. We've had too many Principals in the last 7 years. We need consistency and a person that really cares about our kids. We have found that in Ms. Moser. We feel she has made a difference and want things to continue to improve and move us forward under her leadership. We hope you will take the time to really listen to what the 'people' want. We're hoping the reason you became a school board member was to be the voice of the people for the school, and to act on what we think is in the best interest of OUR children and school."

Superintendent Kushner has also submitted her resignation to the joint SAU 64 board. Like Moser's, it is effective at the end of the school year. In Kushner's case she has accepted a superintendent's position with the Barrington school district, which is a single-school district, unlike SAU 64, which combines Wakefield and Milton schools. Moser's future plans are unknown at this point. No response to a request to Moser for information was received by press time.

Mike Cryans
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