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Mascenic school district selects new superintendent

NEW IPSWICH - After a lengthy search process, the Mascenic Regional School District has selected a new superintendent to lead the schools into the new year.

Ruthann Goguen of Ashby, Mass., will take the helm of SAU 63, which includes the towns of New Ipswich and Greenville, on July 1. Goguen will leave her post as director of the Hill View Montessori School in Haverhill, Mass., to take the position at Mascenic Regional.

Former superintendent Leo Corriveau left the district at the end of the last school year to lead the Monadnock School District, and Betsy Cox-Buteau left SAU 41 in Hollis and Brookline to serve as interim Mascenic superintendent.

Chad Gibson, chairman of the school board, said the board hired the New Hampshire School Boards Association to help conduct the superintendent search.

In September, the school board conducted a survey asking residents, parents, students, staff and others what qualities they wanted to see in a new superintendent, said Gibson. After the survey results were in, the board selected a search committee that included representatives from throughout the community.

Through review of applications and interviews, that committee narrowed the pool of applicants down to Goguen and another candidate.

"Once the finalists were selected, a small group of five of us spent the day and went to each of their school districts to learn more about them," said Gibson.

The candidates then came to Mascenic and were interviewed by students, staff and the school board.

"Ruthann was the unanimous choice of the board after this lengthy process," said Gibson. "Everyone we spoke with could not say enough good things about her work ethic, her passion for education and her collaborative leadership style. We are looking forward to being able to work with Ruthann."

Having a new permanent superintendent on board is something the district needs most at this time, said Gibson.

"I think the biggest challenge going forward will be stability," said Gibson. "Ruthann with be our third superintendent in three years. I think both the board and Ruthann are looking for long term commitment, so in that regards it was a good fit. I think we are all very excited to get a chance to see her working for our district."

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