, Derry, New Hampshire


January 10, 2013


Free special education workshop

PORTSMOUTH— A free workshop, “Steps in the NH Special Education Process: The NH Rules for the Education of Children with Disabilities,” will be offered Monday, Jan. 28, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Great Bay Community College, 320 Corporate Drive in Portsmouth.

This session provides an overview of the steps in the New Hampshire special education process.

Preregistration is required. To register, call 224-7005 or email your name, phone number and email address to If you need special accommodations, share that when you register.

NEXT Charter enrollment starts

Enrollment for Derry’s first charter high school, NEXT, is now underway. The new school is set to open in the fall at the former Derry Early Education Program space at Gilbert H. Hood Middle School.

The school will be led by co-directors Justin Krieger and Joe Crawford.

Crawford will officially leave his post as Hood assistant principal to begin working full-time at the charter school as of Jan. 28. In his absence Ross McLean, current Hood 7-1 composition teacher and certified school administrator, will take over as interim assistant principal.

“We are currently interviewing certified teachers to take over Mr. McLean’s composition class and we plan to transition this person into place by Jan. 28,” Hood principal Austin Garofalo said in a letter to parents.

Krieger is the assistant principal at West Running Brook Middle School and will also take on full-time responsibilities as the charter school work gets underway.

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