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Next stop on Jette's itinerary: Bedford assistant superintendent

BEDFORD — In his office at Merrimack Valley High School, principal Michael Jette has a plant that he has nurtured for the past 39 years. When Jette begins his tenure as the Bedford School District's new assistant superintendent on July 1, the plant will have a new home in his office at SAU 25 on County Road.

"I started (the plant) in 1975 while a student in Mrs. Pierce's third grade class at West Sand Lake Elementary School in upstate New York. I really think it shows that early on I wanted to study science and become a teacher," said Jette.

The Bedford School Board accepted the nomination of Jette as assistant superintendent at its April 7 meeting. Jette takes over the position from Chip McGee, who will replace Superintendent Tim Mayes at the end of the school year.

Jette will earn an annual salary of $115,000. Jette and his wife, Claudia, a rehabilitation technician, have two girls, ages 2 and 3.He has spent the past 23 years at Merrimack Valley High School in Penacook. He has served as a chemistry and physics teacher, an assistant principal, and, for the past 10 years, as principal.Jette earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from the State University of New York at Plattsburg. He earned his doctorate in education from the University of New Hampshire in 2005. Jette also serves as a commissioner for the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, and was selected as New Hampshire High School Principal of the Year in 2010.

Jette said he brings years of experience to Bedford, including helping with Bedford High School's accreditation."As a commissioner from New Hampshire, I had a lot of experience with the accreditation process and I'll be able to help them out with that experience," he said.He was also involved in the 20th annual New Hampshire Excellence in Education Award, also known as the Edie's Award, when Bedford High School was named the 2013 New Hampshire School of Excellence for high standards, learning environment, community involvement and empowered educators.Jette said Bedford has a reputation for high standards and quality education."I'm hoping to bring my knowledge and skills to help the district get better," he said. "I am looking forward to learning more about the district, the programs and the people who have established the excellent reputation in Bedford."McGee said Jette will be a valuable addition to the district.

"I am excited that Michael is joining us. He will bring his classroom experience, fresh eyes and positive energy to the school district as we move into our next phase," said McGee.

The search process started with more than 30 applicants from across the Northeast. In March, the district hosted three finalists, who met with students, parents, teachers and administrators.

"All three finalists were superb educators. We are fortunate to have had such high caliber educators apply for the position," said McGee.

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