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Board lands on Lander

Superintendent chosen in Alton

May 16, 2012
ALTON — The Alton School Board is pleased to announce that William Lander will begin as the Superintendent of Schools beginning July 1 for the Alton School District.

Lander began his education career at Perkins School for the Blind, where he worked with students in a residential setting while he attended Boston University. Upon completing his undergraduate degree in psychology and master's degree in education, he accepted his first public school teaching position in Carver Mass. After five years as a sixth grade teacher, he was named assistant principal of the school serving approximately 1,000 students. In 1989, Lander was named the principal of Memorial Drive School in Farmington. There, he focused on the reading and writing programs as well as inclusionary education. When a principal position opened in Belmont, Lander submitted his application and was appointed to this position, where he served for four years. Often he reflects on his tenure at Belmont as being one of the most rewarding because of his love of middle school children.

After receiving his CAGS degree from Plymouth State College, Lander began his career as a superintendent in 2001 when he accepted a position in SAU 64, serving Milton and Wakefield. During that time, he was involved in curriculum revision, budget development and collective bargaining, among many other duties. In 2009, Lander accepted his present position as superintendent for the Fremont School District. There, he has worked with the administration and teachers to develop grade level expectations for students in reading and mathematics based on the common core standards. In addition to the curriculum work, he has provided leadership in teacher evaluation based on effective instruction.

Lander lives in Ossipee with his wife, of 20-plus years. He has six children, three grown and living throughout New England and two in college and the youngest in high school. Lander has been an adjunct instructor at Plymouth State University since 2001. For the last three years, he has been the assistant women's lacrosse coach at Kingswood Regional High School. When not working or with his family, he enjoys the challenges of golf.

"I am looking forward to working with the Alton School Board, the administration, teachers and staff to move the Alton Central School forward. I find this to be a most exciting challenge and can't wait to get started on July 1," Lander enthusiastically stated upon receiving the position of superintendent in Alton.

"Mr. Lander will be a strong leader for the Alton School District. The board looks forward to working with him and the Alton Central School administration, faculty and staff to continue to provide the best educational opportunities for our students," says Jeffrey St. Cyr, Chairman of the Alton School Board.

The hiring of Lander concludes a three-month long search process that began with a search committee comprised of community members, administrators, teachers, parents and board members who recommended two finalists to the school board. The search included site visits, a daylong visit to the Alton School District and a community reception. The position of Superintendent of Schools for the Alton School District will remain part-time, but the number of hours per week will be increased from 20 to 32 hours per week.

Martin Lord Osman
Salmon Press
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