May 21. 2017 8:39PM

Newport narrows candidates for high school principal

Union Leader Correspondent

The current candidates for the Newport Middle/High School Principal position are Shannon Martin and Suzanne Boyington. (MEGHAN PIERCE/Correspondent file)

NEWPORT — A Vermont middle school teacher and the interim Newport Middle/High School principal are the finalists in the search for a new Newport Middle/High School principal.

The finalists are participating in a public forum tonight, Cindy Gallagher, superintendent of the Newport School District, said Friday.

The candidates for the Newport Middle/High School Principal position are Shannon Martin and Suzanne Boyington.

Martin has been the principal at Black River Middle High School in Ludlow, Vt., since 2014. She previously was a teacher for Newport High School in the science department for seven years.

Boyington is the interim principal at Newport Middle/High School. She joined the district in 2016 as the assistant principal. Boyington was previously a principal at Brookesmith ISD, a pre-K to 12 school in Brookesmith, Texas.

For the search, the Newport School District used a selection committee that reviewed more than 20 applicants and conducted phone interviews.

The search committee narrowed the field to three candidates, who they interviewed on May 10.

All three were nominated to participate in a daylong interview on May 15. The candidates were given tours with senior students and were interviewed by groups made up of parents, students and faculty.

The candidates also interviewed with the superintendent.

This process narrowed the field down to Martin and Boyington.

The two finalists will make presentations at the public forum, which starts at 6 p.m. today in the Lou Thompson Room at the Newport High School. Martin is presenting from 6 to 6:45 p.m., and Boyington will present from 7 to 7:45 p.m.

Phil Banios, the co-principal at Richards Elementary and search committee chairman, will facilitate the forum, which is being televised on NCTV.

Audience members at the presentations will be asked to provide feedback to the selection committee.

After each of their presentations, the candidates will be given about 15 minutes to answer a set of questions provided to them and then be available to answer questions from the audience.