, Derry, New Hampshire

May 1, 2014

Londonderry North School names new leader

By Julie Huss

---- — LONDONDERRY — An assistant principal at Londonderry High School is leaving Lancer Nation and moving north to Bear Country.

Paul Dutton will take over as principal of North Elementary School, replacing the retiring Mary Coltin.

He has worked at the high school for the past 16 years, the last six as assistant principal.

He was selected from a pool of candidates and went through interviews with a committee comprised of parents, faculty, and staff representing different schools. School Board members were also part of the selection process.

For Dutton, it’s the next chapter in his life in Londonderry.

He is an LHS 1993 graduate and has spent the last 20 years working as an educator and administrator.

Having the opportunity to move to North School is a great move he said, and he is anxious to begin his new role. He knows he has big shoes to fill once Coltin retires.

“I intend, with the support of the truly outstanding North School faculty, staff and assistant principal, to continue to build upon the excellent programs and services developed and implemented under Mary Coltin’s leadership,” he said.

School Board Chairman Leitha Reilly said Dutton is perfect for the job, and has all the strong leadership and communication skills necessary to lead North School.

Dutton said he will miss the high school community, but he knows heading to North School to lead the “Bears” is the next chapter of his life in the community.

“I feel like I have come full circle,” Dutton said. “But I’ll always be a Lancer.”

The School Board also approved the nominations of Abbey Sloper and Amity Ferraro to fill two roles as high school assistant principals.

Sloper will come to LHS from a position as an assistant principal at Alvirne High School. Ferraro is a former Dollars for Scholars Teacher of the Year and will be assistant principal in the high school’s House 3.

She has a long history with the school as teacher, serving on committees, and also being with the adult education program from its inception

Maureen O’Dea will become the next high school guidance counselor to replace the retiring Michael Dolphin.

All begin their new jobs July 1.