Search for Goffstown middle school principal continues
Wendy Hastings, currently the assistant principal at Londonderry Middle School, was the top finalist out of six interviewed and 18 total applicants, according to a release issued by the school district.
The principal search committee will visit Hastings in Londonderry, and is expected to meet with several groups in Goffstown, including staff, students, and the community at a reception on Thursday at the school at 4:15 p.m.
"It's not a done deal until that process is complete," Buckley said. "There are still quite a few steps left in the process."
If hired, Hastings will replace Jim Hunt, who resigned in March after a controversial tenure, criticized by many for allegedly creating a dysfunctional and hostile work environment for some staff at the school, which houses nearly 900 students in grades five through eight, from Goffstown, New Boston and Dunbarton.
The community meeting before Hastings completes the selection process is a slight departure from regular protocol, said School Board Chairman Dian McCarthy, adding that the board is going to great lengths to choose a candidate that will be a good fit for both the school and the community at large.
McCarthy said if Hastings is not hired, the district is prepared to bring on an interim principal for next year.
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