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Interviews for ConVal superintendent job set for Thursday

PETERBOROUGH — Residents and ConVal School Board members will have a chance to meet the two finalists for the ConVal school superintendent job at meetings on Thursday.

Brendan Minnihan, a Greenfield resident who is currently superintendent of the 450-student Sunapee School District, and Wayne Anderson, superintendent of the Mount Horeb Area School District in Wisconsin, which has 2,300 students, will attend private meetings with a group of parents, teachers and other residents in the afternoon. Then the two men will be interviewed separately by the School Board at a public meeting in the evening.

Anderson and Minnihan are candidates to replace current Superintendent Dick Bergeron, who announced last year that he would not remain at ConVal when his contract expires at the end of the 2012-2013 school year.

ConVal Human Resources Director Tim Markley said participants in the afternoon meetings are being invited to attend by school principals or ConVal administrators. He said parents or teachers wishing to be invited should contact the principal of their local school. Others should contact Markley at the SAU 1 office.

“The way it’s set up, the meetings are intended to get some feedback for a sampling of parents, teachers and people from the community,” Markley said. “It will give each of [the candidates] a chance to talk about their backgrounds.”

He said anyone wishing to attend would be asked to commit to spending the afternoon to meet with both candidates.

The interviews with the School Board will be open for the public to observe, Markley said, although no public participation will be permitted. The first interview will be from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the SAU board room and the second from 8:10 p.m. to 9:10 p.m.

Markley said the School Board will probably hold a non-public session on March 11 to discuss the interviews. Once the board makes a decision, PROACT Search, the Illinois company that was hired by the School Board to recruit candidates, would be involved in the process of making an offer.

The new superintendent won’t officially start until July, but Markley said the person who takes the job will participate in the hiring process for a principal at South Meadow School.

Longtime SMS Principal Dick Dunning is retiring at the end of the school year. Markley said three finalists for the SMS job have been identified, but their names are not being released.

“Once I hear we have an accepted offer for the superintendent job, we’ll immediately set up a schedule to interview and hire the middle school principal,” he said.

Dave Anderson can be reached at 924-7172, ext. 233 or danderson@ledgertranscript.com. He’s on Twitter at @DaveAndersonMLT.

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