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November 26. 2013 9:56PM

New charter school in Derry seeks director

DERRY — Granite State Arts Academy, a proposed charter high school, is seeking applications for its first director of school position.

The person chosen for the job would begin work in mid-January at the school, located at 16 Route 111, Building #4, according to school officials.

“The ideal candidate will have a passion for arts education and agree whole-heartedly with our charter’s philosophy,” says Chairperson Wendie Leweck, a resident of Exeter. “It is an incredible opportunity to lead what will be a unique charter school in the community.”

Leweck said the arts-based school will serve grades nine through 12 and offer rigorous core academics as well as intensive studies in four areas of art: dance, music (including voice), theater and visual arts. Granite State Arts Academy plans to open with all four grades, capping enrollment at 40 pupils per grade or a total of 160 students.

The director’s position requires a master’s degree, relevant experience in arts education and governance, as well as outstanding skills in the areas of communications, leadership, business, and personnel management. The annual salary range is $60,000 to $70,000, depending on experience, Leweck said.

“We are looking forward to seeing a diverse field of applicants submit some creative platforms,” Leweck said.

The school also plans to hire a business administrator by late January to early February.

The director and business administrator would “get the school rolling,” Leweck said.

In March, plans call for the hiring of teachers to begin and for students to start the enrollment process.

Students, who can apply through the school website, would then meet with the director to determine if the school is a good fit for them, Leweck said.

The academy can accept 10 percent from any grade of any SAU in the state, she said. For instance, of 200 ninth-graders in an SAU, the school could accept 20 students. Any students interested in applying to the school after the initial pupils are accepted would be placed on a waiting list.

If any students who are enrolled decide not to attend, a lottery would then be conducted, Leweck said.

The school has held several open houses since August and plans to hold another one, possibly in February, she said. The open houses have been well attended and the “word is getting out” about the academy, she said.

More information can be found at granitestateartsacademy.com. For further information, contact Wendie Leweck at w.leweck@comcast.net or 770-5282.

hmcgee@newstote.com


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