Principal's July Letter
As the new Interim Principal of the Lincoln Street School, I am writing this letter to introduce myself to the school community, let you know what my first few days have been like, and let you know how happy I am to be serving this school and district.
Although I officially began my duties on July 1st, I met with outgoing Principal Dick Keays and Associate Superintendent Paul Flynn in late June to help make a smooth transition. Of course the office staff and school administrators and directors have been very helpful, but I have also greatly appreciated meeting staff members working in the summer program as well as staff members who have just dropped by to welcome me. With each day, I have come to know more about LSS, all of which has confirmed that Lincoln Street School is a terrific, well-run school with a dedicated staff and strong parental and community support.
This is the seventh school district for me in what is now a forty-four year career. I taught for six years as a high school math and computer teacher in Billerica MA, followed by seven years at Timberlane Regional High School, two as a math & science department head followed by five as an assistant principal. I also served that district as a technology director. I spent fifteen years as a high school principal, ten as a principal of Milford AREA Senior High School in Milford NH and then another five years as principal of Melrose MA High School. I spent eleven years in the Beverly MA Public Schools, five as Assistant Superintendent and six as Superintendent. Most recently, I served for four years as Superintendent of the Newmarket School District.
I love what I do. I have been blessed with a long and successful career, all of which has been guided by my primary goal – to make a difference in the lives of children. And now I find myself serving as your Principal for the 2014-15 school year. I am very comfortable with the principal role, having worked many years as one and also having hired and mentored numerous other principals at all levels. I have worked with some terrific elementary school principals and teachers, learning much about leadership, teaching, and learning at the elementary level. Dick Keays was clearly such a principal, and I already understand how fortunate you were to have him as principal for so long and how fortunate I am to be following in his footsteps!
I am so appreciative of having been given the opportunity to work here, and I look forward to getting to know our educators, students, and parents! Please feel free to stop by the school office to say hello. I look forward to working with you to make 2014-15 a very successful school year!
Dr. Jim Hayes, Jr. named Interim Principal at LSS
The Exeter School Board is pleased to announce that Dr. Jim Hayes, Jr. has been hired to serve as the Interim Principal at LSS. Dr. Hayes will begin his service on July 1. Dr. Hayes holds a Doctorate in Education from Boston University and has most recently served for the past four years as the Superintendent of Schools in nearby Newmarket. Prior to that, Dr. Hayes served for many years as a principal, assistant superintendent, and superintendent in Beverly, MA. Retiring Principal Dick Keays and current Assistant Principal Jan Smith will be assisting Dr.Hayes during the transition process.
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