3 finalists chosen for Milford schools’ superintendent

MILFORD – After a nationwide search, one middle school principal and two assistant superintendents, all from New Hampshire, were chosen as finalists for the job of Milford superintendent of schools.

A search committee chose the three men from 16 applicants to replace Superintendent of Schools Robert Suprenant, who retired two years ago and has been working part-time.

Tricia Shea reported to the school board last week that Reuben Duncan, Bob Marquis, and Dan Moulis are the finalists and she provided a brief profile of each candidate.

Reuben Duncan is an assistant superintendent and director of curriculum and assessment for SAU 29, which includes the city of Keene and six towns, the largest multi-district SAU in New Hampshire. Reuben Duncan is an assistant superintendent and director of curriculum and assessment for SAU 29. He is a former principal of the Marlborough Elementary School.

Robert Marquis is assistant superintendent for the Somersworth/Rollingsford School District, SAU 56, in New Hampshire, and he previously worked for Winnacunnet High School as a psychologist, and held the same position in Somersworth from 1999-2002.

Dan Moulis is the Windham Middle School principal, and was selected Principal of the Year in 2014 by the New Hampshire Association of School Principals. He was hired as assistant principal at the Windham Middle School in 2007, after eight years as a social studies teacher. In 2009, he was promoted to principal.

The finalists were scheduled to visit the schools on Tuesday and then sit down for interviews with the school board.

Committee member Tricia Shea said the committee initially picked 16 candidates, who came from all over the country and one from the Pacific island of Guam.

The committee, which was made up of 13 people from the school district and the larger community, interviewed six candidates, and the three finalists, Shea said, are all “extremely qualified. Any one would make a very good superintendent.”

Suprenant was the district’s full-time superintendent between 2004 and 2012, when he began working part-time under one-year contracts, an arrangement that paid him an hourly rate while he was collecting his pension from the state retirement system.

In 2012, board Chairman Paul Dargie called it a good deal for the Milford School District, because it was keeping a highly competent superintendent while saving money on his pay.

At last week’s board meeting Business Administrator Jen Burk was asked to coordinate the in-district visitation day and do in-depth reference checking of the finalists, according to draft minutes of the meeting.

Kathy Cleveland can be reached at 673-3100 or
kcleveland@cabinet.com.