Adam Steel selected head of SAU 39By KIMBERLY HOUGHTON
Union Leader Correspondent
November 20. 2017 10:17PM
A new superintendent has been selected to lead the local school district.
Adam Steel, the current business administrator for SAU 39, which covers Amherst and Mont Vernon, has been chosen among a field of candidates to take over for outgoing Superintendent Peter Warburton. Warburton has held the superintendent’s position since 2011.
Last week, the school board voted unanimously to elect Steel as the next superintendent.
The decision came after a comprehensive search process, a meet-the-candidate event on Nov. 14 and a final interview last week.
“We are confident that Adam’s experience, coupled with his firsthand knowledge of our school districts, will serve him exceptionally well,” the board said in a release. “Throughout the vetting process, Adam successfully demonstrated the skills and attributes sought by the board for this critically important leadership role.”
The board said it is looking forward to Steel applying his unique talents and abilities.
Steel has a master’s in educational leadership and a bachelor’s degree in information technology.
“I am honored to have been selected by two communities who value education, who support students and who have a strong desire to be a leader in New Hampshire education,” Steel said on Monday. “We have tremendous teachers, administrators and support staff who take time to get to know our students and go the extra mile to reach every student.”
Prior to serving as the district’s business administrator, Steel held the role of director of business, finance and operations for SAU 95 and SAU 28 in Windham and Pelham.
He also previously worked as a substitute teacher and youth pastor, and also served as director of technology for the Pelham School District. He has been active with Granite State College and the Board of Directors at HealthTrust, Inc.
According to Steel, the school district has several important opportunities ahead.
“Most importantly, we need to pass contracts for our teaching staff in each district and our Amherst support staff this March. In addition, we have significant conversation throughout the SAU about consolidation or streamlining of services in our districts to allow for more efficient delivery of services to our students,” he said.
Meanwhile, the district will continue to focus on deeper learning and a mastery-based system where kids are expected to learn and not simply earn grades, and to be able to demonstrate their progress, according to Steel.
Significant momentum already exists in the district for this transformative work, which will be expanded over the next few years, he said.