Belanger hired as new Parker-Varney school principalBy PAUL FEELY
New Hampshire Union Leader
July 30. 2018 8:53PM
MANCHESTER — School officials announced this week that Bryan Belanger has been hired as the new principal of Parker-Varney Elementary School, effective next month.
Superintendent of Schools Dr. Bolgen Vargas said Monday the Manchester Board of School Committee approved his recommendation of Belanger for the position at its most recent meeting.
“Mr. Belanger’s experience and enthusiasm make him the right choice to lead the children and staff of Parker-Varney,” Dr. Vargas said in a statement. “I am confident he will succeed in moving current initiatives forward as well as creating new ways to meet the educational needs of our students.”
Belanger comes to Manchester from Raymond, where he has served as principal of Lamprey River Elementary School since 2015. Before taking that job Belanger served as interim principal of Seabrook Elementary School, assistant principal of curriculum and integration at Seabrook Middle School for six years, and technology director for Hampton School District and School Administrative Unit 21, serving Hampton Falls, North Hampton, South Hampton and Seabrook.
“I am excited and eager to work with Parker-Varney’s learners, teachers, parents and community,” Belanger said. “Together we will continue our school’s legacy of quality educational experiences, innovation and personalized learning.”
Parker-Varney received the 2015 Elementary School of Excellence EDie Award from the New Hampshire Excellence in Education committee.
In announcing the selection, members of the EDies Elementary School Selection Team wrote they chose the school “due to its strong focus on creating a student-centered learning community,” referring to it as “a hidden gem” in the Queen City.
“Students are invested in their learning through the establishment of personal learning goals, maintenance of their own data notebooks and participation in student-led parent conferences,” members of the selection team wrote in 2015. “They are involved in many project-based learning activities, such as a recycling program and raising funds for the Liberty House. Students participate daily in the Innovation Learning Lab and What I Need (W.I.N.) program. The staff has been empowered to take risks and truly embrace innovation.”
In 2016, the school was recognized by the National Principals Leadership Institute with the School Innovation and Change Award. Parker-Varney has received national attention this year for establishing multi-grade classrooms for effective instruction.
Belanger succeeds Amy Allen, who became assistant superintendent last October. Parker-Varney’s assistant principal Mike Beaulac served as acting principal in the interim, and will return to the role of assistant principal at the school.