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June 02. 2013 10:00PM

Wilton-Lyndeborough names new superintendent

WILTON — The Wilton-Lyndeborough Cooperative School Board has hired a new superintendent to replace former superintendent Trevor Ebel, who resigned amid scandal over the use of school district funds last year.

Last week the school district announced that Dr. Christine Tyrie has been hired to serve as superintendent.

Tyrie, who will assume her responsibilities on July 1, is currently serving as the assistant superintendent and district curriculum and assessment administrator for the Nantucket School District in Massachusetts.

Prior to working on Nantucket, Tyrie served as superintendent of the Blackstone-Millville School District in Massachusetts.

She also served as superintendent in Henniker and worked in both Franklin, NH and Plymouth, Mass.

Tyrie holds a Doctor of Education degree from the University of Sarasota with a major in Educational Leadership.

“We could not be happier that she will be sharing her abundance of experience and knowledge with our district,” said an announcement from the school board.

Tyrie was hired after an extensive search by the school board that was launched following the resignation of Ebel in April of 2012 after an audit of the school district’s finances cited spending irregularities by the district.

The district’s credit card, which Ebel had in his sole possession, was allegedly used for the purchase of personal items as well as expensive lunches, dinners and accommodations for himself and other educators while away at various conferences.

The irregularities found during the audit were turned over to an independent attorney to investigate further, and the day the results of the investigation were released, Ebel resigned.

The New Hampshire Union Leader sued the school district in order to gain access to documents from the investigation, but beyond the minutes from the meeting during which Ebel submitted his resignation, the court upheld the district’s right to keep the investigation itself sealed.

Ebel was replaced temporarily by interim Superintendent Donald LaPlante, who came on board to help steer the district while the search for a permanent superintendent was conducted.

LaPlante will leave the position on June 30.

nfoster@newstote.com


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