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September 08. 2013 9:39PM

Pinkerton Academy in Derry employs search firm to help find new headmaster

DERRY — Hired to find Pinkerton Academy’s next headmaster, a professional search firm is scheduled to visit the high school later this month.

Executive search firm Carney, Sandoe & Associates will meet with the superintendents of the four sending towns — Auburn, Chester, Derry and Hampstead — said Chip Underhill, Pinkerton’s executive director of public relations and external affairs.

“The search process will begin in earnest when Carney summarizes the local input it receives this month,” Underhill said.

Carney will then begin to approach specific candidates and intends to identify a first round of candidates to the Board of Trustees in early fall, he said.Auburn and Hooksett will also have a say in the selection process, Underhill said.

Auburn is sending students to Pinkerton for the first time this year, while Hooksett has agreed to enter into contract negotiations with the school to send most of the district’s high school students there starting next September. If Hooksett reaches agreement with Pinkerton, it would become the fifth sending town.Hooskett Superintendent Charles Littlefield will be at the meetings, Underhill said.
“All of our current partnering school districts have a say,” Underhill said. “By default, Hooksett is represented whether they become a sending district or not.”Trisha Korkosz, chair of the Hooksett School Board, said she has yet to be made aware that Hooksett will be involved in the process and will wait to hear from the superintendent.

The search began after Headmaster Mary Anderson said in the spring that she would retire at the end of the 2014 school year, marking nearly four decades at the academy.

Superintendents are scheduled to meet with Carney on Thursday, with faculty and staff meeting at various times next week and the week after, Underhill said.

The committee will likely include former members of the “Headmaster Search Advisory Committee,” Underhill said. The committee provided the Pinkerton Board of Trustees with the traits and skills it recommends in a headmaster, he said.

Based on some of the traits the committee considered, the school’s next headmaster should be able to delegate, have a grasp of educational trends, and have an appreciation of technology in education, Underhill said.

When the search firm was hired earlier this year, board president Harry Burnham said it would help Pinkerton “recruit highly qualified candidates in a tremendously competitive field.

“Carney, Sandoe is recognized worldwide in education for senior and executive leadership appointments,” Burnham said.

One of the most important responsibilities of the Board of Trustees is to hire and supervise the headmaster; the board expects to have a selection around the first of the year, Underhill said.

Anderson’s current salary, and the proposed salary range of the next headmaster, cannot be released as they are considered private, Underhill said.

hmcgee@newstote.com


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