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Alvirne High School Principal Bryan Lane will be the next superintendent of schools for Hudson.
Thursday, April 12, 2012

Alvirne principal named Hudson superintendent

HUDSON – Bryan Lane may not don a cap and gown at Alvirne High School’s graduation in June, but like the seniors, he’ll be moving on.

After 14 years as principal of the school, Lane has accepted the job of superintendent of the Hudson School District. Starting in July, he’ll take over for retiring schools chief Randy Bell, who’s leaving the position after 49 years in education.

“Hudson is a place I’ve really come to care about,” said Lane, who came to the district in 1998. “To be able to move into a position where I can work with others to create the most positive experience for kids is something I’m really excited about.”

Members of the district’s search committee selected Lane this week from a competitive field of applicants.

The committee, consisting of students, teachers, administrators and School Board members, launched the search process last month, drawing 17 applications from around the country.

Committee members narrowed the field to four finalists: Lane; Betsey Cox-Buteau, an associate superintendent at Hollis Brookline; Wilton-Lyndeborough Superintendent Trevor Ebel; and Mary Ellen Ormond, an associate superintendent in Hudson. But the field narrowed further last week after Ebel and Ormond withdrew their names from consideration.

Ormond accepted a position last week as superintendent of the Inter-Lakes School District in Meredith. District officials gave no reason for Ebel’s withdrawal. Officials in the Wilton-Lyndeborough district, where he works, are investigating alleged expenditure and financial improprieties.

Throughout the interview process, Lane stood out in his experience and his energy, School Board members said this week.

Before arriving in Hudson, Lane honed his leadership skills as assistant principal at Oyster River High School in Durham and Salem High School, and as principal at Georgetown Middle High School in Massachusetts.

During his years at Alvirne, Lane has become a vital part of the school community, taking part in various school events and activities, said Laura Bisson, vice chairwoman of the School Board.

“He just invests himself in all aspects of our district. He has a vision,” Bisson said.

“The man has a remarkable work ethic,” said Amy Sousa, another board member. “There is no one who can match his level of energy and enthusiasm.”

District administrators are still negotiating Lane’s salary, and the position change won’t formally go into effect until July 1, when Bell retires. But the transition process will begin immediately, Bell and Lane said Wednesday.

District administrators and School Board members will meet Thursday to discuss plans to find a new Alvirne principal, as well as a new associate superintendent.

“The search will be extensive,” Sousa said.

Lane said his transition out of the school will be challenging.

“The biggest change for me is the fact that … I’m not going to be with kids every day,” he said Wednesday. “That’s where I get my energy from.”

Still, administrators and School Board members promised the transition will be smooth.

“We have worked well together for the full 13 years I’ve been here,” Bell said.

“Bryan has an outstanding relationship with the Budget Committee and obviously has respect from the school board. You combine that with his work ethic, and I think it’ll be a very successful relationship for the district.”