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May 16. 2012 9:28PM

Lander appointed Alton school superintendent

ALTON — After a three-month search, the school board has hired a new superintendent for SAU 72.

The board announced Tuesday that William Lander will start the job beginning July 1.

Lander is known in the Lakes Region, where he served as superintendent for the Wakefield School District SAU 64 for many years, and was a principal at the Memorial Drive School in Farmington as well as principal of the middle school in Belmont.

According to the Alton School Board, Lander began his education career at Perkins School for the Blind, where he worked with students in a residential setting while he attended Boston University. Upon completing his undergraduate degree in psychology and a master's degree in education, he accepted his first public school teaching position in Carver, Mass. After five years as a sixth-grade teacher, he was named assistant principal of the school serving approximately 1,000 students. In 1989, Lander was named principal of Memorial Drive School in Farmington.

When a principal position opened in Belmont, Lander applied and got the job, where he served for four years. Often he reflects on his tenure at Belmont as being one of the most rewarding because of his love of middle-school children, according to the Alton School Board advisory.

After receiving his Certificate of Advance Graduate Studies degree from Plymouth State College, Lander began his career as a superintendent in 2001 when he accepted a position in SAU 64, serving Milton and Wakefield.

In 2009, Lander accepted his present position as superintendent for the Fremont School District.

Lander lives in Ossipee with his wife, Susan. He has six children: three grown and living throughout New England, two in college and the youngest in high school. Lander has been an adjunct instructor at Plymouth State University since 2001. For the last three years, he has been the assistant women's lacrosse coach at Kingswood Regional High School.

“I am looking forward to working with the Alton School Board, the administration, teachers and staff to move the Alton Central School forward. I find this to be a most exciting challenge and can't wait to get started on July 1,” Lander said.

Chairman Jeff St. Cyr said the board and search committee was impressed with Landor's experience at the middle-school level, building projects and curriculum review. St. Cyr said members also wanted someone with an ability to establish a rapport with the community and relate well with staff and administration.

“Mr. Lander will be a strong leader for the Alton School District. The board looks forward to working with him and the Alton Central School administration, faculty and staff to continue to provide the best educational opportunities for our students,” said St. Cyr.

The position will remain part-time, but the number of hours per week will be increased from 20 to 32.

The district has 550 students.


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