School head hired for ConValBy MEGHAN PIERCE
Union Leader Correspondent
March 21. 2018 9:23PM
PETERBOROUGH — The ConVal School District has announced the hiring of a new principal for ConVal Regional High School.
The new principal, Michelle Voto, already works at the high school and has a background in career and technical training, SAU No. 1 superintendent Kimberly Rizzo Saunders said in an email to parents Wednesday.
“Michelle brings to the District tremendous energy and enthusiasm, as well as a passion and a significant skill set for providing students with opportunities to succeed. We are looking forward to working with Michelle as she collaborates with the students, staff, and community of ConVal to improve the learning experience for all students,” Saunders said.
Voto has worked in the School District since August 2017 developing programs for the Applied Technology Center.
Voto previously served as the Director of Career and Technical Education within the Nashua School District where her responsibilities included “the development of a comprehensive curricular program, the implementation of instructional best practices, the recruitment and supervision of staff, and the management of budgets and resources,” Saunders said.
Voto and ConVal ATC Director John Reitnauer worked together over the past year to create programing at ConVal that lead students into career opportunities upon graduation.
Voto is replacing interim principal Gib West who stepped in after longtime ConVal principal Brian Pickering retired in January 2017 due to health concerns.
According to Saunders, West will continue to serve as principal while a yearlong transition period takes place which will end with Voto as principal and West back into his previous role as Dean of Faculty.
“A plan has been developed to provide a seamless transition of leadership. Michelle will begin her administrative experience with ConVal as the Dean of Faculty for the 2018-2019 school year, while Gib West will continue a final year as Principal. During this year Michelle will review the past and present initiatives, review what has, and has not worked, analyze student and school data, and further develop relationships with the staff, students, and community,” Saunders said.
She added that the transitional period will also be a time for the district to assess the staffing needs of the high school.
“Additionally, during the 2018-2019 school year, the administration will redesign an administrative structure that is more consistent with the size of ConVal Regional High School.
The new administrative structure will be presented by June 2018.