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February 28. 2014 8:00PM

New boss at SAU 41 schools in Hollis


ANDREW COREY 

HOLLIS — Londonderry assistant superintendent Andrew Corey will be leaving the district this summer after being hired as SAU 41's new superintendent.

Corey's three-year-contract in Hollis and Brookline begins July 1. He's been serving as Londonderry's assistant superintendent for the past four years.

John Moody, SAU 41's interim superintendent, announced Corey's hire this week.

Moody said Corey's starting annual salary is set at $130,000.

"The SAU Governing Board was impressed with Mr. Corey's credentials," Moody said, noting that Corey has worked extensively on curriculum and assessment and played a key role in perfecting the Londonderry School District's strategic plan.

Corey previously served as the principal of Londonderry Middle School and earned the state's Middle School Principal of the Year award during the 2009-2010 school year.

Before coming to Londonderry, he was Dover's Dean of Instruction after working as first a teacher at Central Catholic High School in Lawrence, Mass., then a principal in Hudson, Mass.

He holds a bachelor of science degree in accounting, a master's of education in business and a certificate of advanced educational studies from Boston College.

The governing board for SAU 41 has been searching for a permanent superintendent for the past couple years.In January 2013, when former district superintendent Susan Hodgdon's contract came up for review, the governing board opted against renewal.

Last spring, the governing board interviewed both Richard Bergeron of the ConVal Regional School District and Maureen Ward of the Franklin/Hill School District, but ultimately opted against hiring either and would be starting their search over again, from scratch.

Moody was named interim superintendent last summer.

This past December, officials announced they'd received 188 applications for the position and a search committee embarked in a lengthy interview and screening process.

In early February, several other finalists were interviewed publicly during Governing Board meetings, including Goffstown interim superintendent Brian Balke.

aguilmet@newstote.com



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