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November 06. 2013 7:01PM

Interim Fremont school superintendent offered five-year contract

FREMONT — The school board has offered interim Fremont School District Superintendent Betsey Cox-Buteau a new five-year contract.

In a 4-1 vote, the board approved the offer Tuesday night and is now negotiating the terms of the proposal.

Cox was hired as a full-time interim superintendent for the district on July 15 under a contract that ends June 30 and pays an annual salary of $90,000 plus benefits.

She replaced Michelle Langa, who became Fremont’s superintendent in July 2012 but resigned before the end of the 2012-13 school year.

According to the board, the decision to offer Cox the job came after evaluation forms were provided to anyone interested in weighing in on her performance as interim superintendent.

Some 80 evaluation forms were filled out by teachers, staff members, community members and parents.

“In addition to performance objectives, evaluation participants were also asked what qualities they would like the superintendent of our district to possess. Based on the school board’s evaluation of Dr. Cox’s performance thus far and the combined feedback of the 80 evaluation forms that were reviewed, a decision was made to choose Dr. Cox as our next superintendent and forego appointing a search committee,” the board said in a statement.

Those who submitted the forms listed professionalism balanced with approachability, leadership skills, collaborative problem-solving skills, strong communication skills and an individual interested in a long-term commitment to the district as some of the qualities they would like to see in the new superintendent.

“The school board believes that Dr. Cox brings a high degree of stability and strong leadership skills to our SAU Office. We also find her to be extremely knowledgeable and committed to improving the overall functioning of the business office and administrative staff that the superintendent position is responsible for. Finally, her direct focus on improvement of student learning, reliance on measurable data to make effective decisions and passion for education will continue to move our district’s student achievement further towards our wish to be a top school in New Hampshire,” the board said.

Before coming to Fremont, Cox served a year as interim superintendent for the Mascenic Regional School District. She also worked for three years as associate superintendent for School Administrative Unit 41 in Hollis.

jschreiber@newstote.com


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