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Franklin taps retired administrator to lead schools

Union Leader Correspondent

November 14. 2013 7:50PM

FRANKLIN — The school district has hired a veteran school administrator on an interim basis the search continues to replace Maureen Ward.

William Compton, who was most recently superintendent in Barnstead, met with school officials Thursday in preparation for his term as interim superintendent for the SAU 18 school district, according to School Board Chair Kathleen Russo.

Compton, who is retired, will work on a part-time basis the remainder of the 2013-14 school year. He will be paid $75 an hour. He will work no more than 40 hours in any two-week period, school officials said. He will start work on Dec. 5.

He replaces Ward, who is leaving because of “harassment” by the city council and many city residents on numerous issues, including a controversy that began when former football coach Greg Husband was not rehired last spring, Russo said.

Ward is under contract until July 2015, but she reached a buyout agreement with the school board that will pay her about $60,000 at the end of December, when she will retire.

Compton, who lives in Exeter, is a 36-year veteran administrator and a former administrator and superintendent in several Massachusetts schools.

He moved to New Hampshire and took over as interim superintendent in Barnstead, and became the town’s first superintendent when it left its partnership with Pittsfield in 2006.

He holds a doctorate in education from Nova Southeastern University, a master’s degree in education from Worcester State College, and a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

A retired Army lieutenant colonel, Compton has a reputation as a leader in the areas of school improvement, district planning, technology education, instruction, school bonds, and literacy improvement, Russo said.

Ward said Compton is a good fit for Franklin.

“He’s a strong leader,” she said. “He will make sure that we keep moving forward with all the good things we’re doing here.”

Barnstead School Board Chair Diane Beijer said Franklin officials made a good choice.

“He’s excellent, Franklin is lucky to get such a great leader,” Beijer said.

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