Goguen to leave Mascenic schools post

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 3/9/2017 6:20:59 AM

Ruthann Goguen, superintendent of the Mascenic Regional School District, was offered and accepted a job in Webster, Massachusetts, beginning later this year.

An announcement was posted on the Webster Public Schools website Monday, March 6. It says that the offer is the latest update in the district’s search for a new superintendent.

“The Webster School Committee is pleased to announce that after an extensive search Ms. Ruthann Petruno-Goguen was offered and accepted the position of Superintendent of Schools for Webster,” the release says.

Goguen, who did not return calls asking for comment, is in her fourth year as head of the schools for Greenville and New Ipswich. In June, she was named a finalist for the superintendent position in the Nashua School District, but withdrew her application.

Webster, a town of about 17,000 residents on the Connecticut border south of Worcester, has three public schools. It services students from Kindergarten through high school.

The other finalists, according to Worcester news source telegram.com, were Interim Superintendent Richard Lind, Jr., and Elizabeth Pratt, assistant superintendent in Greenfield, Massachusetts. It also reported that the Webster School Committee voted to hire Goguen by a 4 to 1 tally. The decision is contingent upon contract negotiations, which are going on now.

Prior to joining Mascenic, Goguen was the superintendent and executive director of Hill View Montessori Charter Public School District in Haverhill, Massachusetts, according to the Webster announcement.

Jeff Salmonson, chair of the Mascenic Regional School Board, said in an email that all he knows about the hiring is what he has read in the press, and that he would not project a timeline to search for a replacement. He added that “it is inappropriate for me to comment on employee employment issues at this time.”

Other members of the Mascenic board could not be reached to comment.

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