Manchester Needs Assessment Advisory Committee to hold public hearing regarding superintendent search

MANCHESTER (January 9 , 2007) – At 6:00 p.m. on Monday, January 14, at Central High School library; 207 Lowell St.; Manchester, the Needs Assessment Advisory Committee (NAAC) will be holding a public hearing in regards to the superintendent search for the Manchester School District. This meeting will be held to give the public a chance to hear where the NAAC is so far and to gain input from the public on what they see as the district’s needs and what they would like to see from a superintendent. This is a make-up of the meeting originally scheduled for Thursday, December 13, which was cancelled because of snow.

The Needs Assessment Advisory Committee is tasked with speaking to all people with a stake in the future of education: students, parents, teachers, school administrators and area businesses. The committee will then form an assessment to be provided to the Manchester School Board in regards to the search for a new superintendent. The report will be a non-partisan assessment, representative of the needs of Manchester residents. Input taken from this meeting will be part of the final report.

As part of the committee’s process, it is asking the public to attend and answer the following question: “As a resident of Manchester, what do you feel are the most important values that the Manchester schools should possess?” In addition, the public will be asked to provide their opinions on what qualities they think the next superintendent should possess. The group will ask speakers to limit their comments to five minutes; however, written testimony will be accepted.

Many of the following members of the committee will be at the meeting. The committee consists of: Alyson Pitman Giles, president and CEO of Catholic Medical Center; Daniel Healy , o wner and funeral director of Connor-Healy Funeral Home and Cremation Center; Ovide Lamontagne, shareholder; Devine Millimet PA; J. Scott McGilvray, president of the Manchester Education Association; Steve McMahon, senior vice president of investments for Wachovia Securities; Dianne Mercier, s enior vice president of Ocean National Bank; and Kristin Woolever, dean of the University of New Hampshire-Manchester.