Pinkerton administrator to head Manchester school
The Board of School Committee on Monday approved the hiring of John Vaccarezza for the top job at the school. Vaccarezza is currently an associate dean of students at Pinkerton Academy. He will begin the job July 1, the start of the new fiscal year.
In all, 33 people had applied for the position, with candidates being reviewed by a 12-member panel made up of students, teachers, parents and community members.
Vaccarezza will take over from John Rist, who was tapped to serve as the interim principal following the abrupt retirement of Ronald Mailhot in February.
“I have not met him, but I’ve heard very good things about him,” Ward 1 school board member Sarah Ambrogi said. “I also feel the process the superintendent outlined, the many steps taken in terms due diligence — it sounds like he was thoroughly vetted.”
“He’s had experience at a very large high school. It will not be new to him to be at a large high school and understand the issues there,” she said.
Vaccarezza has been a member of the Pinkerton Academy administration since 2010. Prior to becoming an administrator, Vaccarezza was a social studies teacher and coached freshman and junior varsity boys’ soccer for 10 years. He earned his master’s degree in education from Rivier University in Nashua and a B.A. in history from Elon University in North Carolina.
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