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Nashua school officials host meet-and-greet for new superintendents

By TINA FORBES
Staff Writer

NASHUA - The district's Board of Education will host a public meet-and-greet reception for Cornelia Brown, the new superintendent of schools, on Sept. 27.

"It is a chance for the teachers - we have 980 teachers - and for the community parents and senior citizens who care for the district to meet the new leadership team," said Sandra Ziehm, the board president, in a phone interview Wednesday. ...

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NASHUA - The district's Board of Education will host a public meet-and-greet reception for Cornelia Brown, the new superintendent of schools, on Sept. 27.

"It is a chance for the teachers - we have 980 teachers - and for the community parents and senior citizens who care for the district to meet the new leadership team," said Sandra Ziehm, the board president, in a phone interview Wednesday.

Brown is an experienced administrator from Maine, and most recently served as executive director of the Maine School Management Association in Augusta.

"I have had a nice, and really warm introduction to the community; people have been very gracious," Brown said in a Wednesday phone interview. "I've had the chance to get into all the schools and meet a lot of the staff - but certainly not all - and I have met the kids. I'm looking forward to meeting more parents."

Along with Brown, new assistant superintendents Mike Fredericksen and Roland Boucher will be at the reception. Fredericksen was the principal of Elm Street Middle School in Nashua before being appointed as the new assistant superintendent in charge of secondary schools and district assessment processes. Boucher most recently served as interim principal of Stoklosa Middle School in Lowell, Mass., and has 30 years of experience. Boucher oversees the elementary schools and the district's curriculum and instructional practices.

"Mr. Boucher came from districts with large, diverse populations in Massachusetts, which was one of the main reasons we were happy to get him," Ziehm said, adding Nashua now has about 50 languages spoken by students throughout the schools.

So far, the entire leadership team appears to be working well for the district, she said.

"I think we have a great leadership team. We have three leaders who all love the kids, and put their welfare above their own."

In mid-May, former Superintendent Mark Conrad announced plans to resign Aug. 12 after heading the district for seven years. Last spring, former assistant superintendents Jennifer Seusing and Karen Crebase announced plans to leave the district June 30, leaving the top three administrative positions open.

The school board appointed Fredericksen in May, and Boucher and Brown in July. All three administrators are serving on a one-year, interim basis.

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