Somersworth school official picked to be Milford superintendent

MILFORD – An assistant superintendent for the Somersworth and Rollinsford school districts has been chosen to be the next Milford superintendent of schools.

Robert Marquis will take the place of Bob Suprenant, who is retiring after 11 years with the district.

Marquis is currently an assistant superintendent of schools in SAU 56 and has a B.S. in psychology from Boston State College, a M.Ed. in counseling from Suffolk University, a certificate of advanced graduate studies in school psychology from Northeastern University, and a M.Ed. in educational administration and supervision.

Some of the previous positions that he held earlier in his career include director of pupil services, school psychologist, and special education director. He is a resident of Stratham.

Marquis’s appointment is the culmination of a nationwide search performed by NESDEC (New England School Development Council) for the school district, who performed the first step of the process.

“NESDEC’s main business is conducting superintendent searches,” board Chairman Paul Dargie said in an email.

“They performed the first step of the search process, which is obtaining applicants. They have a large database of people and places receptive to learning about superintendent openings. They advertised in various appropriate areas, they sent out emails and faxes, they mailed out 800 letters, and they made phone calls.”

Then a Milford search screening committee, made up of 13 people, took over the next step. They reviewed 16 applicants who came from all over the country and one from the Pacific island of Guam.

From those 16 they picked seven candidates to interview, and interviewed six after one dropped when he accepted another position.

Then the committee chose three finalists, who visited the schools and sat down for interviews with the School Board, and the board chose Marquis.

Dargie said the board is looking forward to bring Marquis to the district, and his “background in special education and psychology will be beneficial to the operation of the school district.”

The other two finalists were Reuben Duncan, an assistant superintendent for SAU 29, which includes the city of Keene and six towns, and Dan Moulis, the Windham Middle School principal, who was the state’s Principal of the Year in 2014.

Marquis will begin work on July 1.

In the board’s press release he says he is “very pleased to have been selected as the next superintendent of the Milford School District. Throughout this process it was evident that the Milford School District and community are committed to providing the best education possible for all students. The support that the community has provided to the education system was particularly evident. I am looking forward to having the opportunity to work with administrators, teachers, staff and community members to continue the very important work of providing students with those educational opportunities that will allow them to be successful beyond high school graduation.”

Kathy Cleveland can be reached at kcleveland@cabinet.com or 673-3100, ext. 304.