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February 14. 2013 8:07PM

Gov. Wentworth district stays in-house for promotions

WOLFEBORO - The Governor Wentworth Regional School District board recently filled two future vacancies with professionals who are already on staff.

At the Feb. 4 school board meeting, members unanimousl appointed Susan Merrell as the district's special education director, and director of curriculum Heather Cummings was appointed to the post of assistant superintendent.

Merrell is a long time staff member with the district, starting as a fifth grade teacher at Tuftonboro. She was a counselor for both New Durham School and Tuftonboro Central Schoo and has also been a counselor at Ossipee Central School for students with emotional disabilities and the behavior consultant for the district. Merrell began her administrative work as the out-of-district case manager for special education. For four years, she has served as the special education coordinator for the district.

Assistant Superintendent Kathy Cuddy-Egbert, who will replace Superintendent Jack Robertson after he retires in June, lauded Merrell's experience.

"Over the past four years she has proven herself to be a valuable asset to the district, an advocate for students and a resource for teachers and administrators."

Merrell begins her new responsibilities on July 1.

Cummings will fill the assistant superintendent position that will be vacated on July 1 when Cuddy-Egbert assumes the position of superintendent of schools.

Cummings has worked for the district for five years. Prior to joining the district, Cummings served as a middle school teacher for several years and also served as the coordinator of curriculum for the Shaker Regional School District in Belmont. She has been active on several state task forces, including the RTI Task Force and the New Hampshire Task Force on Accountability. She has also been active in state organizations, serving on the executive board of the New Hampshire Association of School Administrators since 2007, and was president from 2010 to 2012. In 2008, she received the Award for Outstanding Service from the New Hampshire School Administrators Association.

"I am delighted with the Boards' decision to elect Heather to fill the role of assistant superintendent. She is very well-regarded in the district and throughout the state," said Cuddy-Egbert.

lmulkern@newstote.com



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