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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Hollis Brookline schools begin the year with new superintendent

Hollis Brookline students returned to school last week under the leadership of a new superintendent, Andrew Corey, who took the place of interim superintendent John Moody.

Corey said he came to the Hollis Brookline district because he saw a great opportunity. ...

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Hollis Brookline students returned to school last week under the leadership of a new superintendent, Andrew Corey, who took the place of interim superintendent John Moody.

Corey said he came to the Hollis Brookline district because he saw a great opportunity.

“Hollis Brookline places tremendous value on education and supporting their students,” he said.

Corey is a veteran administrator and teacher, having spent the last 11 years working in the Londonderry School District.

“I had four years as assistant superintendent of schools; prior to that, I was a middle school principal,” he said.

He was named New Hampshire Middle School Principal of the Year for the 2009-10 school year while in Londonderry.

Before that, he was dean of instruction in Dover, a high school principal in Hudson, Mass., and a teacher at Central Catholic School in Lawrence, Mass.

Although fall classes across Hollis and Brookline began at the end of August, Corey has been involved in the district since his appointment in early spring.

“I started the transition to Hollis Brookline in March when I was approved by the school board. I had the opportunity to go to school events and meet parents in the district,” said Corey. He officially began his three-year contract as district superintendent July 1.

Right off the bat, Corey was engaged in new developments and changes within district schools. For instance, on July 29, he gave a presentation on the Smarter Balanced Assessment to the Hollis Brookline School Board, detailing assessment background, updates and implementation.

Hollis Brookline opens the school system in stages, beginning with an orientation for younger students and transfers, followed by a district-wide first day before the Labor Day weekend. “We opened the full school system (Thursday), the bus service did an excellent job, everything went well,” he said.

Corey said he’s most looking forward to becoming familiar with the community. “For me, the first year is about becoming involved in the community – with staff, the district and community members, and gathering information to guide us for the future.”

Tina Forbes can be reached at 594-6402 or by email: tforbes@nashuatelegraph.com. Also, follow Forbes on Twitter (@Telegraph_TinaF).