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Monday, April 9, 2012

Hudson to select new superintendent this week

HUDSON – The meeting at which School Board members are expected to choose the district’s next superintendent has been postponed from Monday night until Tuesday at noon, school officials said.

The board will deliberate in nonpublic session Tuesday, Superintendent Randy Bell said, because the matter involves personnel.

The successful candidate will then be officially offered the position, and once the deal is complete, the winner will be publicly announced, he said.

There are three finalists vying for the post: Mary Ellen Ormond, Hudson’s associate superintendent; Alvirne High School principal Bryan Lane; and Betsey Cox-Buteau, Hollis Brookline Cooperative School District associate superintendent.

A fourth finalist, Wilton-Lyndeborough Superintendent Trevor Ebel, withdrew last week hours ahead of his scheduled public interview.

Ebel’s School Board is investigating alleged expenditure and financial improprieties with a district credit card. Nobody has been named in the investigation, which alleges a district employee used federal grant money to pay for alcohol, movies and limousine services.

The winner in Hudson could be announced as early as Tuesday afternoon, Bell said, or if not, it would likely come Wednesday.

– DEAN SHALHOUP