Mascenic still waiting on word from maybe-departing superintendent

  • School Board Chair Jeff Salmonson and Superintendent Ruthann Goguen at a school board meeting in December 2016. (Brandon Latham / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript)

  • Ruthann Goguen —Courtesy photo

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 3/23/2017 6:16:37 AM

Current Mascenic Regional School District Superintendent Ruthann Goguen has not yet officially accepted the position offered to her at the school district in Webster, Massachusetts.

The district in southern Massachusetts announced her hiring on March 4. It was reported in the Worcester Telegram that she is in negotiations after the Webster School Committee offered her the job. “I’m very excited to be selected as the next superintendent,” she reportedly told the publication.

This Monday, she said she still has not accepted anything.

She has one year remaining on her contract with the Mascenic Regional School District, where she has been superintendent of the schools in Greenville and New Ipswich since 2013. In the newly approved budget for the 2017-18 school year, she is set to be paid $125,644 in salary.

According to Webster’s job posting, the new superintendent will be compensated with $135,000-160,000 per year over a three year contract.

School Board Chair Jeff Salmonson said the board was not aware she was seeking other employment until it was notified of the Telegram article. He said he could not say whether he has discussed the situation with her since, but he outlined the process of conducting a superintendent search if necessary.

“We may get lucky to find a candidate to hire within a month,” he said of a hypothetical timeline. “Or sometimes it could take up to a year.”

When the district last held a superintendent search, Salmonson said it hired an interim to hold the post before opening a wide search. He said he would expect help from the New Hampshire School Boards Association, which would connect the district to an interim and provide qualified candidates.

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