Superintendent of schools in Bedford nets 5-year contract
BEDFORD — Superintendent Chip McGee will continue as the local superintendent for at least the next five years.
“Congratulations to our superintendent. Chip has a new contract that ensures that he is going to be with us for the next five years,” Jay Nash, school board chairman, announced this week.
McGee was hired as the Bedford School District’s superintendent on July 1, 2014. Prior to that time, he served as assistant superintendent for about 11 years in Bedford.
“When it comes to superintendents out there, there is a spectrum. I wanted to work for someone who was thoughtful and who was going to be supportive,” Assistant Superintendent Mike Jette said on Monday.
Jette said he chose the local school district because he wanted to work for McGee, and he wanted to work in a school system that pushes the boundaries in an effort to make improvements.
While praising McGee, Jette also said farewell to his colleagues on Monday, thanking them for allowing him to be a part of such a great team. Jette was recently hired as the new superintendent for the Litchfield School District; he is being replaced by Tom Laliberte, the current principal at Winnisquam Regional High School.
“On behalf of the board, thank you for all of your work and your time and your dedication and investment,” Nash told Jette.
Jette said he will cherish his time in Bedford, and intends to take all of the skills and experience he learned here with him to Litchfield.
The school district still has one other administrative position to fill — that left open by the recent resignation of Bill Demers, one of two assistant principals at Ross A. Lurgio Middle School.
“It is a loss for us. He is a talented, kind and middle school-minded administrator,” McGee said of Demers.
Demers has accepted an assistant principal position at Mountain View Middle School in Goffstown, according to McGee.
At least one school board member questioned whether the local middle school still needs to have two assistant principals in place — one for the seventh grade and one for the eighth grade.
McGee said yes, explaining there are about 750 students enrolled at the middle school.
“It has been advertised and the search is well underway,” he said of finding a replacement for Demers.