Mascenic names Stephen Russell interim superintendent

  • Steve Russell, seen here in a 2014 photo as the Salem Public Schools superintendent, has been named interim superintendent at Mascenic Regional. COURTESY PHOTO/THE SALEM NEWS

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Friday, June 02, 2017

Stephen Russell will be the new Mascenic Regional School District interim superintendent after the school board voted to offer him the appointment at a special meeting Tuesday night.

Russell will be offered a contract this week and is expected to make his first appearance as head of Greenville and New Ipswich schools at the next regularly scheduled school board meeting on June 5.

In a press release drafted by Rachel Anderson, a member from New Ipswich, the school board said, “Dr. Russell was chosen because of his extensive background in public education during which he has served in a wide range of positions including classroom teacher, guidance counselor, principal and more recently, superintendent positions with New Hampshire SAU 30 and the Salem Massachusetts School Department.”

The position is only for one year as an acting, or interim, superintendent. Because current Superintendent Ruthann Goguen announced her resignation so late in the academic year, in March, the school board determined that it did not have time to conduct a thorough search for her replacement, deciding instead to appoint an interim and resume the search in the fall.

Goguen will be superintendent in Webster, Massachusetts.

Russell has a master’s degree in education from the University of New Hampshire and a doctorate of education in leadership and administration from Boston University. Most recently, he was superintendent in Salem, Massachusetts. Previously, he led the school districts in Dartmouth, Massachusetts, and Laconia, New Hampshire.

He will assume the post sooner than originally planned. The school board reported that Goguen’s last day in the office is Friday, June 2, the same day as Mascenic Regional High School graduation. While the interim superintendent position was officially posted as from July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2018, the board voted to begin Russell’s term on June 3.

His appointment was approved unanimously.

Russell’s salary was not released because it is not public record until the contract is signed. Based on Goguen’s contract, the district budgeted $125,664 in the superintendent salary line.

Some time this fall, Mascenic will resume its search for a permanent superintendent. The board has mentioned plans to include residents in Greenville and New Ipswich in the process.

“I think it’s important to keep the community in the loop for the full search,” Anderson said.