Manchester principal a finalist for SAU 15 superintendent postBy PAUL FEELY
New Hampshire Union Leader
January 09. 2018 11:35PM
A Manchester elementary school principal is one of three finalists for the position of superintendent of schools in SAU 15.
The SAU 15 school board announced Tuesday that former Manchester Assistant Superintendent of Elementary Education and current Beech Street Elementary School Principal Dr. Chris Martin was among three candidates chosen as finalists for the post, which oversees five schools responsible for the education of about 2,300 students in the three towns that make up the school administrative unit: Auburn, Candia and Hooksett.
Along with Martin, the other two finalists for the job are Christopher Pratt, presently the Superintendent of Schools in Wilmington, Vt., and William Van Bennekum, principal of The Holderness School in SAU 48.
The SAU 15 school board will host a “meet and greet” with members of the SAU and the three communities on Friday at 6:30 p.m. at the Cawley Middle School, 89 Whitehall Road in Hooksett.
A decision on a new superintendent is expected at the next SAU 15 school board meeting on Feb. 14 in Candia.
A near 30-year veteran employee of Manchester schools, Martin replaced Christine Brennan as principal of Beech Street School, after Brennan was sworn in as deputy commissioner of the New Hampshire Department of Education.
Martin was named assistant superintendent in 2015 by former superintendent Debra Livingston.
In 2003, Martin became Manchester’s director of fine arts, overseeing faculty and curriculum for art and music programs across the district. Before becoming assistant superintendent, she was principal of Webster Elementary School for five years.
SAU 15 Superintendent Dr. Charles “Phil” Littlefield has served as head of the district for more than half a decade. He’s been hinting at retirement for the last couple of years, but efforts to start the search process started to ramp up last year, and a transition team consisting of representatives from the Auburn, Candia and Hooksett school boards was formed.