7 Catholic schools in NH looking to hire principals
St. Catherine School in Manchester is one of seven diocesan schools in New Hampshire that is hiring a principal for next year, and it's likely none will find a nun or similar religious to lead the school, according to the superintendent who oversees Catholic education in the state.
"Part of it is age, especially the women's communities. They're getting older," said the Rev. John Fortin, a Benedictine from St. Anselm College, the superintendent for the Manchester diocese.Fortin said anyone considered for the job as a Catholic school principal must be a practicing Catholic. He said candidates should be certified as a school administrator or eligible for certification.The other six schools looking for a principal are:
. St. Francis Assisi School, Litchfield, prekindergarten through Grade 6.
. Holy Trinity School, Laconia, prekindergarten through Grade 8.
. Bishop Brady High School, Concord.
. St. Patrick School, Portsmouth, prekindergarten through Grade 8.
. St. Patrick School, Jaffrey, prekindergarten through Grade 8.
. St. Joseph School, Salem, prekindergarten through Grade 8.
Fortin said St. Catherine and the schools in Portsmouth and Jaffrey are all headed by nuns. If they are replaced by secular leaders, nuns will remain principals in only two diocesan schools - St. Thomas Aquinas in Derry and St. Casimir in Manchester.
He noted that Bishop Guertin High School in Nashua, which is run by Brothers of the Sacred Heart, recently named its first secular leader, Linda Brodeur. She took the role of president after Brother Mark Hilton was tapped to lead the order.Fortin said search committees at the seven schools are interviewing candidates, and decisions should be made by the end of this month or early June. Salaries are only discussed once an offer is made, and the salary is up to the finance committee for each school.