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New leadership at Ledge Street School in Nashua

By KIMBERLY HOUGHTON
Union Leader Correspondent

August 29. 2017 11:22PM


NASHUA — With classes resuming this week on Tuesday, a new leadership team is now in place at Ledge Street Elementary School where legal matters continue with the school’s former administrators.

Earlier this year, Ledge Street Elementary School’s former principal, Janet Valeri, and assistant principal, Tiffany Hyatt, were placed on administrative leave and then abruptly left their positions before eventually rescinding their departure notices without any explanation from school officials.

“For the sake of not getting into the legal issues, there is some leadership at Ledge Street School,” Superintendent Jahmal Mosley said this week.

Although Valeri and Hyatt are still considered employees within the district, Mosley has hired two new individuals to help with the daily operations of the local elementary school.

“This is a very difficult situation,” he acknowledged, saying it is a situation that he and his new administrative team have inherited. “There is no principal. There is no assistant principal.”

Instead, Mosley said those two positions will remain free. In the meantime, he has hired Bruce Geer to serve as a special assistant to the superintendent.

“He will open the school for us,” said Mosley. “We wanted to make sure there was some leadership at Ledge Street.”

Following a summer interview process, Mosley also hired a second special assistant to the superintendent, Ana Vasconcelos, to help with guiding the school.

“We thought and believe she can take on this challenge,” he said of Vasconcelos, describing her as a woman with integrity who can hit the ground running and help move the district forward.

Geer was the former principal at Mount Pleasant Elementary School in Nashua, and Vasconcelos was the former principal at Joseph McAvinnue School in Lowell, Mass.

The legal details involving Valeri and Hyatt have not been released by school officials.

“Please note, Ms. Valeri has rescinded her retirement notice and Ms. Hyatt has rescinded her resignation. As such, both are currently employed by the district,” said Thomas M. Closson, the attorney for the Nashua School District, in an earlier email to the New Hampshire Union Leader after a Right-To-Know request was submitted.

“This continues to be a personnel matter,” he said at the time. “I am very limited with what I can provide to you.”

Limited information was provided to the newspaper as part of its Right-To-Know request; none of the documentation explained why the women were originally placed on leave.

Earlier this year, a no confidence vote of 42-11 was made by the teachers at Ledge Street. However, former Superintendent Connie Brown has said that the private personnel matter involving the principal and vice-principal was unrelated to the no confidence situation; she would not elaborate.

khoughton@newstote.com


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