NEWPORT – Dr. Cynthia Gallagher, who has been working as Interim Superintendent for the past three weeks, was named full-time Superintendent of SAU #43 Tuesday evening. SAU #43 is comprised of the Newport and Croydon school districts.
After a non-public session of just over an hour, the SAU #43 Board announced the signing of the eighteen month contract with the Newport resident. Gallagher’s salary for the remainder of the 2014-15 fiscal year will be prorated at an annual salary of $95,000. Her salary beginning July 1 through June 30, 2016 will reflect a three percent increase at $97,850.
Several residents in attendance at the public meeting urged the Board to consider the longer term than a suggested six month interim position for Gallagher, who has made significant impacts in the position in working with SAU #43 Business Administrator, Bonnie Sandstrom on the Newport School Board budget and presenting information about the budget and annual meeting process and is involved in Croydon budgeting and administrative positions as well.
Gallagher, quizzed at the meeting before the announcement about her educational background, shared that she hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration , a Masters Degree in Education Administration, and a Doctorate in Education, as well as a law degree. A Resident of Newport, Gallagher is very active in community organizations and affairs, serving on the UNH Cooperative Extension Advisory Council and working on the Town of Newport Community Center committee, currently reviewing and advising on recreation needs in the town.
Gallagher has held several positions in the Newport School District, most recently as Director of Alternative Education Programs and Assistant Director of Career and Technical Education.
For more information, please contact SAU #43 at (603) 863-3540.