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Southside Middle School principal named to new role in Manchester school district

New Hampshire Union Leader

May 15. 2018 8:54PM

MANCHESTER — A familiar face has been elevated to the role of Manchester school administrator, after Superintendent of Schools Dr. Bolgen Vargas announced Tuesday that Southside Middle School principal Jennifer Gillis had been chosen as the assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction for the school district.

Gillis’ appointment was approved by the Board of School Committee on Monday night.

Gillis has served as principal of Southside Middle School since July of 2014, when she came to the Manchester schools after serving six years as assistant principal at Mountain View Middle School in Goffstown.

In addition to her experience as a principal, Gillis has spent nearly 15 years teaching, mentoring, coaching and advocating for students in public education, according to Andrea Alley, communications coordinator for city schools. Gillis worked in the field of brain injury rehabilitation before starting a career in public education, Alley said.

“Mrs. Gillis,” Vargas said in a statement, “has been a tremendous asset to the Southside community in working with faculty, students and families to reach academic and developmental goals at the middle school level. Her leadership in this area will be valuable as we continue to improve student achievement across the district.”

Gillis is expected to use the rest of the school year to slowly transition into her new full-time role by the end of June. The position of assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction has been vacant since Dr. David Ryan resigned from the post, effective June 30, 2017. Ryan was hired as superintendent of SAU 53, overseeing Allenstown, Chichester and Epsom, but will depart next month after one year on the job, as he has been selected as superintendent of SAU 16 in Exeter.

A new principal of Southside Middle School is expected to be announced soon, Alley said.

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