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Temple school board looks to replace Martz

  • Temple ConVal School Board representative David Martz thanks the public during a meeting of the Select Board on Tuesday.  Staff photo by Ashley Saari—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Wednesday, July 05, 2017

As Temple School Board representative David Martz leaves his post due to moving out of town, the Temple Select Board has several candidates under consideration to replace him.

Martz was present at the most recent meeting of the board, and thanked the residents present for their support over the years. Martz is moving to Maine, making him no longer eligible to serve as Temple’s representative on the ConVal School Board.

“There’s a great mix of people with lots of different opinions,” said Martz of the ConVal Board. “They’re all looking at the value and the quality of education. I really appreciate that you’ve let me be your representative for five years.”

The choice of Martz’s replacement is up to the Select Board, who will appoint someone to fill the remainder of this year’s term, at which point the position will be placed on the ballot during the March elections.

The Select Board has received three letters of interest to fill the position – from Niki McGettigan, who this year retired as Temple Elementary School’s teaching principal, Shiela Kullgren, a former teacher who has worked in the ConVal and Mascenic Regional school districts, and Lisa Beaudoin, who works for ABLE NH, a local group focused on the rights of people with disabilities.

The board noted that in her letter of interest, Beaudoin said she would cede the spot to McGettigan if she had interest in the position, and likewise, McGettigan noted that she would take the position only if no one else had interest in it.

During the Select Board meeting last week, Selectwoman Gail Cromwell initially moved that the board should approve McGettigan for the position, saying that she felt McGettigan’s willingness to give the position to someone else a “diplomatic statement,” and that she was the best qualified for the position. Her fellow selectman Ken Caisse, however, said that he wasn’t willing to make that decision for her without discussing it with McGettigan.

Ultimately, the board held off on a decision, and Cromwell withdrew her motion for lack of a second. The board agreed to see if they could talk to the other two candidates after speaking briefly with Kullgren at Tuesday’s meeting about her qualifications before making a final decision. 

 

Ashley Saari can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 244 or asaari@ledgertranscript.com. She is on Twitter @AshleySaariMLT.