Elm Street principal to be new assistant superintendent

NASHUA – One of three Nashua School District leadership positions has been filled after the Board of Education unanimously voted to appoint Elm Street Middle School Principal Mike Fredericksen as interim assistant superintendent of schools this summer.

Both of the Nashua School District’s assistant superintendents will be departing this June – Jennifer Seusing will retire, and Karen Crebase will move on to a superintendent position in Hopedale, Mass.

The board approved Fredericksen to the interim position effective July 1, at an annual salary of $107,250. The position will last for one year.

“I’m very pleased to have this opportunity. Nashua is first and foremost in my heart – I have spent the past 17 years in the schools,” Fredericksen said in a Wednesday morning phone interview. “I love Nashua schools, there are a lot of great people working here … I see a lot of great things in the future,” he said.

While he said the turnover in leadership might be “unnerving” for the school community, Fredericksen said he’s eager to help. “I have a long history in the district – I can help the new interim superintendent out for the year,” he said.

I think Mike’s done an excellent job at Elm Street,” said Robert Hallowell, a member of the school board. Fredericksen has served as principal of Elm Street Middle School since 2013. “Mike’s a good communicator and a guy who listens – that is a good thing to have more of in administration,” Hallowell said.

In May, Superintendent of Schools Mark Conrad announced plans to resign in August. The announcement prompted a search for an interim superintendent along with the two assistant superintendent positions.

Job posts for the superintendent position have been posted online at Nashua.edu, and in newspapers around New England.

After serving as superintendent for the past seven years, Conrad announced his plans to resign effective Aug. 12, giving a 90-day notice. After leaving Nashua, he will be taking on the position as Executive Director of the South East Regional Educational Service Center, commonly known as SERESC, based in Bedford. SERESC is a nonprofit consortium of consultants and programs that provide professional development and educational services in the region.

Conrad worked as the business administrator for the district from 1996-2006, and as the chief financial officer for the Bedford School District from 2006-09. He has been the superintendent in Nashua district since 2009.

Tina Forbes can be reached at 594-6402, tforbes@nashuatelegraph. com or @Telegraph_TinaF.