Mascenic starts narrowing down superintendent candidates

  • Mascenic Business Administrator Beth Baker at a school board meeting on Monday, May 1, 2017. (Brandon Latham / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Brandon Latham—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

  • Mascenic Business Administrator Beth Baker at a school board meeting on Monday. Staff photo by Brandon Latham

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 5/4/2017 6:42:56 AM

Interviews for the new Mascenic superintendent will take place over the next three weeks in an effort to have Ruthann Goguen’s replacement take over when she leaves at the end of June.

School Board Chair Jeff Salmonson said at the board’s meeting on Monday, May 2, that eight candidates have been identified – five recommended by the New Hampshire School Boards Association and three who applied via School Spring when the permanent position was posted. The board decided in April to appoint an interim superintendent as not to rush the process of finding a long-term suitor.

Twelve applicants were interested in the permanent position before it was changed to interim. They were all contacted and three said they are still interested. School board members decided on a handful of dates in the weeks of May 8 and May 21 to conduct interviews.

“The sooner the better so we can get this done,” School Board member Rachel Anderson said.

Among other business discussed at the meeting is increases to the prices of school lunches.

“It’s a ten cent increase across the board at all schools,” Business Administrator Beth Baker said. “I think it’s better for people and family to do that gradually rather than have it jump like 25 cents all at once.”

The current district-wide lunch cost, on average (it differs by school) is $2.76. After the increase it will be $2.86.

This is to compensate for the amount of students eligible for free or reduced cost meals. The alternative is to pull the balance from the general fund.

The board also approved a new contract with school photo contractor Clicks Photographic Service, and signed a contract with Comcast for telecommunications improvements.

The last contract with Comcast was voided because the provider actually decreased the price for the work. An existing network was discovered between schools, which Comcast thought it would have to do from scratch during the initial quote, according to Mascenic Technology Director Matt Ballou.


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