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Mountain View Middle School gets a new principal

GOFFSTOWN — Wendy Hastings has been selected as the new principal of Mountain View Middle School, officials said in a news release.

Hastings is the assistant principal at Londonderry Middle School and comes with 13 years of middle school experience.

A search committee of 17 nominated Hastings to lead the school, which now houses nearly 900 students in grades 5 through 8 from Goffstown, New Boston and Dunbarton.

“We’re very excited,” said School Board Chairman Dian McCarthy. “She brings a great skill set and some great energy.”

McCarthy said Hastings had the ability to strengthen academics and continue to pursue academic rigor, but also had strong human relations skills.

Hastings, who replaces former Principal Jim Hunt, will be faced with two challenges as she begins her tenure. First, she will have to implement recommendations from a $35,000 study of the school completed earlier this year, the result of complaints about academic rigor and a poor culture and climate at the school.

Hunt, who resigned the day before the Dunbarton

vote, was also accused of fostering a hostile work environment among staff at the middle school and did not participate in the study.

Hasting will also have to address the loss of approximately 200 students from Dunbarton at the beginning of the 2014 school year, as voters there opted in March to send their middle and high school students to Bow, ending a 40-year partnership with Goffstown.

The resulting loss of revenue to Goffstown could be as much as $2 million, officials have said.

McCarthy expects that Hastings will be a positive presence at the school and in the community.

“In particular, I think she has an understanding of the connection among the school, parents and the community, and the relationships between them,” McCarthy said. “We’ve had positive feedback from the community.”

Hastings, who has a bachelor’s degree from the University of New Hampshire and a master’s degree from Plymouth State University, will begin her tenure on July 1 at an expected salary of $94,000.

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