WLC SCHOOLS

Superintendent decision nears

Board to hold special meeting tonight; candidates met with public on Tuesday

  • Wilton-Lyndeborough Cooperative Middle and High School Business teacher Linda Cordileone, left, speaks with superintendent candidate Christine Tyrie of Francestown during a community meet and greet Tuesday night.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Ashley Saari)

    Wilton-Lyndeborough Cooperative Middle and High School Business teacher Linda Cordileone, left, speaks with superintendent candidate Christine Tyrie of Francestown during a community meet and greet Tuesday night.

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  • Superintendent candidate Dick Bergeron of Peterborough hears the concerns of parent Lisa Sweeney of Wilton about he need for improved communication between the district and parents during a community meet and greet on Tuesday night. <br/><br/>(Staff photo by Ashley Saari)

    Superintendent candidate Dick Bergeron of Peterborough hears the concerns of parent Lisa Sweeney of Wilton about he need for improved communication between the district and parents during a community meet and greet on Tuesday night.

    (Staff photo by Ashley Saari) Purchase photo reprints at Photo Finder »

  • Wilton-Lyndeborough Cooperative Middle and High School Business teacher Linda Cordileone, left, speaks with superintendent candidate Christine Tyrie of Francestown during a community meet and greet Tuesday night.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Ashley Saari)
  • Superintendent candidate Dick Bergeron of Peterborough hears the concerns of parent Lisa Sweeney of Wilton about he need for improved communication between the district and parents during a community meet and greet on Tuesday night. <br/><br/>(Staff photo by Ashley Saari)

WILTON — Who should be the next leader of the Wilton-Lyndeborough Cooperative School District? The School Board is set to make its decision in a special School Board meeting tonight, and residents who came to a local meet and greet Tuesday night to assess the final candidates say that it’s a close call.

The contest has come down to two locals: Dick Bergeron of Peterborough, who currently serves as the ConVal superintendent, and Christine Tyrie of Francestown, a former ConVal teacher who’s now assistant superintendent of the Nantucket School District in Massachusetts. As part of the final leg of evaluations for the position, the two took a tour of all three of the district’s schools before meeting with district residents in a community meet and greet. Following that, the School Board conducted final interviews with both candidates.

“I think both candidates are very qualified and answered the questions I asked well. The School Board potentially has a tough decision to make,” said Wilton resident Andrea Sbona, who attended the meet-and-greet. “They’ve both worked in small districts and have experience working with curriculum, and both talked about speaking with the administration and community and finding consensus on what needs to be done before making changes. I think all of that’s very important.”

When asked by Sbona what they felt were some of the district’s major issues, both candidates said that they were aware of the facilities difficulties with Florence Rideout Elementary School, and that they would have to be addressed at some point.

Both candidates said they had experience with schools operating without a full-time principal, which will be the model of the district’s elementary schools starting this year. Tyrie said she had managed schools with a teaching principal. Bergeron also has that experience, although felt a supervising principal shared between the schools, as it is for the ConVal district, was a better model.

Some residents expressed hopes for changes they’d like to see with a new administration. Wilton parent Lisa Sweeney told the candidates that she would like to see a better flow of information between the district and residents. Heidi Kemmerer, the librarian at Lyndeborough Central School, said she’s hoping for better integration of technology, including the Promethean Boards already in place.

The special School Board meeting is at 6:30 p.m. at Wilton-Lyndeborough Cooperative Middle and High School. The board will be accepting comment from residents and school and administrative staff prior to their meeting. Comments may be emailed to k.fowler@sau63.org. Name and contact information must be included with submitted comments.

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