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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Seusing tagged for Nashua assistant superintendent job

NASHUA – Jennifer Seusing, principal of Nashua High School South, has been chosen to fill one of the district’s two assistant superintendent positions.

Superintendent Mark Conrad announced his recommendation Tuesday. It still requires approval from the Board of Education. Conrad will present his recommendation to the board’s human resources committee Thursday.

Seusing said the opportunity comes with mixed feelings.

“I’m very excited, but at the same time, I will miss my time here at South,” she said. “I’ll take it with me as I move forward.”

As assistant superintendent for accountability and assessment, Seusing will work with senior administrators and principals, providing insight and support for student achievement at the same time providing coordination of local assessment programs, according to a district statement Tuesday.

Seusing said the job appealed to her because she will be able to have an impact on all schools in the district.

“It’s really a great facet of the job to have connections with all 17 schools in a positive way,” she said.

Seusing started her career in 1990 as a second-grade teacher and then a sixth-grade teacher at Mount Pleasant Elementary School. From 1998 to 2001, she served as an assistant principal at Nashua Senior High School.

From 2001-05, she served as principal of Dr. Norman W. Crisp Elementary School before moving to her position as principal at Nashua High School South. Seusing earned her Bachelor of Science in elementary education from Rivier College and Masters in Education from the University of New Hampshire.

Her husband, John Seusing, is chief of the Nashua Police Department.

Seusing would be replacing Brian Cochrane, who will leave June 30 to take the superintendent’s job in Litchfield. The district’s other assistant superintendent is Althea Sheaff.

Seusing said she and Cochrane have already shared a few conversations about the job, and they will continue to talk more as the year goes on.

“I haven’t thought about the challenges yet, I’m just so excited,” she said. “I plan to sit down and talk to Brian a lot. But right now, there’s nothing staring me in the face.”

Seusing will start the new job July 1, but there will be a transition process to ready the new South principal.

There will be a search for a new principal and Seusing said she will play a role in the process.

The school wants to have someone approved and in place before the end of the year.

“We want to make sure for the whole school community that that’s resolved as quickly as possible,” Seusing said.

In 2011, Seusing made $108,924. Salary terms for Cochrane were not available.

Russell Holden, principal at Belmont High School in Belmont, was the other candidate for the assistant superintendent job.

While Seusing is excited, she added that she could not be more thankful for her time at South.

“I want to make sure the message is clear how grateful I am to the entire South community,” she said. “It’s a phenomenal place to spend your day. I never called it work. Now, I look forward to working with parents, staff and students from a different perspective.”

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