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Winthrop Principal Finalist for N.H. Job

Carrie Vaich, who has been principal at Winthrop Elementary School, is one of two finalist to be the principal at a New Hampshire elementary school.

Principal Carrie Vaich is one of two finalists to be the next principal at Rollinsford Grade School in New Hampshire.

Foster’s Daily Democrat, a daily newspaper in Dover, N.H. reported Thursday morning that Vaich and Kate Zacharias, currently the assistant principal at Spaulding High School in Rochester, N.H., are the two finalists.

Vaich spent the morning on Tuesday meeting Grade School teachers and students, according to the Foster’s report.

If she got the job, it would bring Vaich closer to her New Hampshire home. It would also be the second school principal to leave the school district this year. Matt Fox, principal of and , accepted the job as principal at in Marblehead.

Vaich began at Winthrop in 2007, replacing Martha Cesarz after her retirement. Before coming to Hamilton, Vaich was assistant principal at Newbury Elementary School.

Bob Gray May 27, 2011 at 12:37 AM
Hope it's just a coincidence that we are loosing Principals in the HWRSD at an alarming rate??? Or is there something going on within our system to make them look elsewhere for employment??
Michelle Bailey May 27, 2011 at 01:53 AM
There's something going on alright! Contempt for the school committee and their employees expressed by members of the community and some elected officials...just sayin'.
Bob Gray May 27, 2011 at 01:58 AM
How about "sayin".. that they(SC) brought it upon themselves! I know you won't agree but just look at the election results! It tells the whole story.....
Michelle Bailey May 27, 2011 at 02:25 AM
The election results show that Bill Dery got about the same number of votes (893) as 2010. The incumbents split 1163 votes, showing they had great support as a team.
Bob Gray May 27, 2011 at 02:28 AM
Play the numbers how you want Michelle, the message was clear. The voters want a change.
Dan May 27, 2011 at 03:59 AM
Could it also be that our schools have an excellent reputation for developing leaders? Mix that with a hostile work environment created in our community by certain community members that think that their radical activism group has the right and privilege to affect the everyday decisions of our school. If this group that I will not name would allow the school to do what they need to do to educated the children of these communities then maybe we could keep some of these future leaders in our district. Instead they get frustrated and leave which I really can’t blame them for .With this we would maintain the high standards historically set by this district and raise the moral of some of the most important municipal employees we have, the teachers
Bob Gray May 27, 2011 at 11:24 AM
Why is it that this certain "group" is perceived as being anti-school? Nothing could be further from the truth! Just because they want the schools to run efficiently doesn't make them bad people or anti children. How many reports(Blue Ribbon, Operational Audit) do people need to realize that there is a problem with the way the money is spent in our school district? Do I have to list all the gobs of unused money that the new administration uncovered? We are not getting our "best bang for the buck" and hopefully with 3 new members on the School Committee, that will change! And also create a better "working environment"!
Michelle Bailey May 27, 2011 at 12:29 PM
Yes, we would like a list of "all the gobs of unused money." Fact are important over vauge statements. When we look at it, we'll find there was a budget error that has since been corrected, by moving to the zero-based actuals budgeting process by Peter Gray. A kindergarten tuition revolving account has a plan to assign the funds to expenses each year. Sounds like the management is on-top of it.
Karen May 27, 2011 at 01:00 PM
No one is denying that we have some issues that need to be addressed. I think that a little praise on behalf of our schools and the amazing staff that our schools employ is way overdue. Instead of only focusing on the negative all the time about issues before us, we could celebrate some of the inspirational stories that come out of our district as well. Nothing is all good or all bad ever!! I find it a little mind numbing to only hear such critical comments all the time. Have you ever volunteered at one of our schools? Have you gone to a Science or History Fair? Have you attended a sporting event? I am not putting this out as a challenge but rather as an opportunity to see ours schools in action. This is all a trickle down from our SC to staff and ultimately to our children and community. Try seeing the good and acknowledge that as well.
Bob Gray May 27, 2011 at 10:38 PM
Michelle, here are some of the monies found by the new administration, and hurrah for Peter Gray: REALITIES ABOUT THE SCHOOL BUDGET The following realities were found by the new School Administration: Let's look at the Realities: Reality is that they found the kindergarten fund with $300,000. Reality is they found in the school choice fund an extra $70,000. Reality is they found in the Medicaid fund an extra $121,000. Reality is they gave back to the bargained for employees $110,000. Reality is the State will not cut Chapter 70 or transportation $120,000 Reality is for FY12 they are spending $1Mil. more than FY11 with no contributions from the towns Reality is they have $350,000 for expenses for unemployment and there have been no layoffs Reality there is a Latin Teacher salary but no Latin teacher approx. $65,000 These items were listed by Peter Gray at several presentations he made during the budget process this year.
Bob Gray May 27, 2011 at 10:43 PM
Karen, I have done it all! Sporting events, volunteering, Science Fair, History Fair, etc, etc. with both my own children and recently with a granddaughter. We know what a wonderful job the schools do! There has never been question about that! It just can be done in a more fiscally responsible manner......

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