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New assistant superintendent once sued Manchester school board member

MANCHESTER — A former Manchester High School Central assistant principal who once sued Board of School Committee member Arthur Beaudry for defamation of character was hired Tuesday night as an assistant superintendent in an 8-6 vote.

Mayor Ted Gatsas, who serves as chairman of the school board, confirmed that David Ryan was selected Tuesday night.

In 2005, Ryan sued Beaudry, alleging that the Ward 9 school board member repeatedly urged administrators to fire him.

Beaudry, who accused Ryan of moonlighting on school time, consistently denied any wrongdoing. Ryan and Beaudry settled the lawsuit in 2006.

Beaudry sued the school district to cover his legal fees.

That suit was settled in 2008.

Ryan left Central in 2006 to accept a position as principal at Nashua High School North.

Gatsas said Beaudry and board members John Avard, Roger Beauchamp, Christopher Stewart, Debra Gagnon Langston and Jason Cooper voted against Ryan's appointment.