Three superintendent finalists selected in LitchfieldBy KIMBERLY HOUGHTON
Union Leader Correspondent
January 20. 2018 2:20AM
LITCHFIELD — In the search for a new superintendent, school officials have selected three finalists being considered for the top position.
The top candidates include Jennifer Dolloff, Michael Jette and Christine Martin, the school board announced this week.
Dolloff is an educational consultant currently consulting for the Hollis-Brookline School District and Easterseals. Jette is the current assistant superintendent for the Bedford School District and Martin is the principal at Beech Street Elementary School in Manchester.
“We believe that the hiring of a new superintendent is the most important decision a school board can make for the students, parents, staff and local community,” said Brian Bourque, chairman of the Litchfield School Board.
An interview committee consisting of various members of the community completed the first round of interviews and presented the board with four top candidates. The board then narrowed the group to three finalists.
“Ensuring community involvement in the process was critical to us, and we have been as transparent and inclusive as possible,” said Bourque.
The current superintendent, James O’Neill, announced last summer that he will retire at the end of the 2017-2018 school year. O’Neill, of Jaffrey, was hired as the district’s interim superintendent in the summer of 2015; the board later extended his contract to June of 2018.
During the search for his replacement, the district released a survey to the Litchfield community, parents and school staff seeking guidance on the characteristics needed for Litchfield’s next superintendent.
The board is continuing to ask for public input, and has planned a public meet-and-greet session with the three finalists at 6 p.m. on Feb. 1 at Campbell High School.
The top candidates will have the opportunity to speak directly with local residents and school personnel.
The school board is expected to announce its final decision in February.