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Nashua school board to debate hiring new guidance directors for both high schools

NASHUA – City education officials have zeroed in on two women to oversee guidance at the city’s two high schools next year, after briefly considering hiring just one director for both schools.

Lori Coutu is in line to be hired as the interim director of guidance at Nashua High School South, while Nicole LeClaire is set to take over at Nashua High School North. Both women are guidance counselors at those schools. ...

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NASHUA – City education officials have zeroed in on two women to oversee guidance at the city’s two high schools next year, after briefly considering hiring just one director for both schools.

Lori Coutu is in line to be hired as the interim director of guidance at Nashua High School South, while Nicole LeClaire is set to take over at Nashua High School North. Both women are guidance counselors at those schools.

The Nashua Board of Education will hear salary recommendations for the positions at it’s meeting at Nashua North on Monday at 7 p.m.

Those recommendations came under particular scrutiny at the Human Resources Committee level, thanks in part to the budget cuts the district is facing. Coutu, who has 24 years of experience, would move from $72,800 to $82,000 in salary, while LeClaire, with five years experience, would go from a little over $52,000 to $79,000.

Committee Chairman Sandra Ziehm questioned the pay increases, even though the women would be receiving promotions.

“The budget was grueling this year where we fought over every nickel then we turn around a give someone a raise of 50 percent or so ... If we were truly strapped for money would we give such excessive raises?” she said.

Superintendent Mark Conrad said the proposed salaries are nothing remarkable.

“The salaries are typical for these positions, and higher than their salaries as counselors based on both the additional responsibilities and the fact these are full year positions, rather than school year positions,” Conrad said.

More committee recommendations will be on the BOE docket Monday night, including the Finance and Operations Committee’s recommendation to sign a five-year contract with First Student to provide student transportation through 2019.

The Committee on Policy has recommendations on sexual discrimination and harassment guidelines pertaining to students as well.