, Derry, New Hampshire


August 1, 2013


Assistant principal chosen for Londonderry Middle

LONDONDERRY — The Londonderry School Board has announced the appointment of David Sutherland as the new assistant principal at Londonderry Middle School.

He will be replace Wendy Hastings, who was recently named principal of Goffstown Middle School.

Sutherland received his bachelor’s degree from Northeastern University, his master’s degree from Lesley University and his principal certification through Rivier College.

He has been the assistant principal of the K-8 school in Allenstown this past year and has been a sixth-grade math, science and social studies teacher at McKelvie Intermediate School in Bedford. He also has taught science at Rupert A. Nock Middle School in Newburyport, as well as having held a variety of teaching positions at Mystic Valley Regional Charter School in Malden.

Prior to starting his educational career, Sutherland worked in the private sector as both a quality assurance manager and a databases designer and integration specialist. He and his family live in Londonderry.

“We believe David will be an excellent addition to the middle school administrative team and will assist the faculty and staff in continuing to provide outstanding service to our students, parents and community,” LMS principal Richard Zacchilli said.

Charter school organizers seek input

DERRY — Organizers of Granite State Arts Academy are seeking community input on their proposal for an arts-based charter school.

The Friends of Granite State Arts Academy asks that local residents complete an online survey at to gauge interest in the proposed high school.

If granted approval by the state Board of Education next month, the school would open on Route 111 in Derry in August 2014. There would be openings for up to 160 students, according to academy Chairman Wendie Leweck.

More information is available at

Pinkerton graduate receives scholarship

InVEST, an insurance industry classroom-to-career education program, has awarded a $1,000 scholarship to Elizabeth Demers of Pinkerton Academy.

Demeres was among 65 students nationally to receive a scholarship.

InVEST contributes to the development of future insurance professionals by educating high school and college students about insurance, risk management and financial services. In high schools, the program offers students a business curriculum which teaches them about the dynamics of insurance agencies and companies.

Nationally, this year InVEST awarded $70,500 in scholarships to 65 college-bound students pursuing insurance-related degrees.

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