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Fairgrounds Elementary School Principal Chuck Healey outside the school in Nashua Wednesday, July 28, 2010. Healey is stepping down after 15 years in the position and is returning to the classroom as a special education teacher.
Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Fairgrounds Elementary principal returning to the classroom

NASHUA – Chuck Healey, principal of Fairgrounds Elementary School, is stepping down after 15 years, but he isn’t leaving the district.

Healey is returning to the classroom next year as a special education teacher.

At a meeting last week, the Board of Education’s human resources committee accepted Healey’s resignation, effective June 30. At the same meeting, board members elected Healey as a special education teacher, with the school yet to be determined.

Healey earned $94,685 last year as a principal; it’s unclear what his new salary will be.

Healey did not return calls seeking comment.

At the April 4 meeting, Superintendent Mark Conrad applauded Healey’s work at the school, one of the most diverse in the city. The school also has a large proportion of low-income students.

“He’s been a real advocate for family involvement and supporting the needs of students,” Conrad said. “At times, the school has piloted important projects for the district, and I want to wish him well.”

Conrad said Healey expressed a desire to return to the classroom and asked board members to elect him as a special education teacher, which is the area of Healey’s certification.

“He’ll be a great addition to our teaching team,” Conrad said.

The vacancy at Fairgrounds is one of several open administrator positions in the district.

Principal Pat Snow, of Amherst Street School, and Paul Asbell, of Pennichuck Middle School, are retiring at the end of the year. Snow is pursuing other educational opportunities while Asbell is retiring after suffering a stroke last summer.

The jobs at Amherst Street and Pennichuck have been posted but candidates have yet to be announced.

There could also be an opening at Nashua High School South, as principal Jennifer Seusing is one of two finalists for the open assistant superintendent position in Nashua. Conrad said he will choose between Seusing and Belmont High School principal Russell Holden sometime this week.

Cameron Kittle can be reached at 594-6523 or ckittle@nashuatelegraph.com. Also, follow Kittle on Twitter (@Telegraph_CamK).