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SAU 15 search for new superintendent underway

HOOKSETT — The search for a new head of the SAU 15 School District is underway.

Applications for the superintendent position are being accepted after the job was posted last week. Applicants have until Dec. 8 to apply. The goal is to have someone chosen for the job by July 2018.

The chosen candidate would be responsible for about 2,300 students in the three different towns that make up the district: Auburn, Candia and Hooksett.

The towns, which have five schools in all, have students from kindergarten to 8th grade. Each town sends students to neighboring communities for high school.

Combined, the operating budget for all of the towns is about $57 million, according to the job posting.

Current Superintendent Dr. Charles “Phil” Littlefield has served as head of the district for more than five years. He’s been hinting at retirement for the last couple of years, but efforts to start the search process started to ramp up this past year.

A transition team, which was created last year, met on Oct. 16 to discuss a game plan for hiring a new superintendent. The group consists of representatives from the Auburn, Candia and Hooksett school boards.

Candidates are being screened by Dr. Robert Lister, a search consultant for the NH School Board Association.

The transition team will meet again on Nov. 9 for an update on candidates who applied so far. At that meeting, the group will also begin to plan out when to hold community forums, interview questions, and a salary and benefits packages.

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