School District Announces Two Superintendent Finalists

The public will have the chance to ask questions of the two candidates in January.

Two finalists for Windham's superintendent position have been announced by the school board, and both are currently working in similar positions in New Hampshire.

Winfried Feneberg, who has served as assistant superintendent of SAU55 since 2007, joins Dr. Richard Bergeron, who has been superintendent of SAU1 since 2007.

SAU 55 includes the Timberlane and Hampstead School Districts while SAU1 represents the Contoocook Valley Regional School District.

According to the school board, both candidates will tour Windham schools, meet with Windham School District administration, faculty and staff, and participate in initial interviews with the Windham School Board during visits on Dec. 12 and Dec. 14.

On Jan. 8, 2013, a public forum will take place at Windham High School from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Both candidates will be in attendance taking questions from the community.

Both have extensive backgrounds in the field of education. We have provided the information sent by the Windham School Board below:

Winfried Feneberg:

Previously he was the Director of Special Education for Hampstead from 2003-2007, the Associate Director of Pupil Personnel Services from 1998-2003, and the School Psychologist for the Timberlane School District.  His relevant training in education includes a M.Ed. from the University of Munich in School Psychology and English and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (C.A.G.S.) from Northeastern University.

Dr. Richard Bergeron:

Prior to his current position, he was the Assistant Superintendent in North Andover, MA, the Superintendent in Boxborough, MA, a Principal and a classroom teacher.  His education includes a B.S. in Education from Lowell State College, a M.Ed. in Education from Fitchburg State College, a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (C.A.G.S.) from the University of Massachusetts (Boston), and an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from Boston College.

Long-tenured Superintendent Dr. Henry LaBranche is currently holding the position on an interim basis. A timeline provided by the board earlier this year indicated that the district plans to make a hire in mid-January.

Michelle Levell January 01, 2013 at 08:36 PM
Both candidates will attend the next WSB meeting on Tues, Jan 8, starting at 7pm. Please read some background information on these candidates; below are two articles on each candidate. Try to attend the meeting, or submit a written statement to the WSB. Encourage your neighbors and friends to do the same. IMO, the school board is giving us two poor candidates. Windham deserves far better. http://danvilledelivery.wordpress.com/2012/06/16/is-it-time-to-dissolve-sau-55/ http://content.yudu.com/Library/A1x6v5/TriTownTimesMay31201/resources/2.htm http://www.hslda.org/hs/state/ma/200303210.asp http://www.eagletribune.com/local/x1876411079/Sad-day-in-North-Andover
Michael Ryan January 02, 2013 at 02:40 AM
Awesome! As an aside Michelle, I have also published an article on Dr. Richard Bergeron. http://windham.patch.com/articles/capacity-issues-nothing-new-for-superintendent-candidate A story on Winfried Feneberg is scheduled to come this week.
Henry humptompkins January 03, 2013 at 03:54 AM
Too bad Dr. Richard did not apply for this position, he is nationally recognized and I have read that he is applying for superintendent positions in NH www.timrichard.info
windham.mom January 03, 2013 at 07:41 PM
Its unfortunate when assumptions are made off of blogs and newspaper articles without research done; it is a bold statement "two poor candidates". Have you looked into the educational backgrounds, awards, accomplishments of the candidates? I did a quick search on Dr. Bergeron and found many positive articles and opinions. The same came up for Mr. Feneberg. I think that people have to remember the very public hat that administrators in education wear and how their lives are open to public scrutiny. I for one will be at the meeting and look forward to hearing their answers and making up my own mind.
Michelle Levell January 04, 2013 at 12:25 AM
These are all well-established, researched (and in the case, of HSLDA, a first-hand account) of the incidents covered. These issues are part of the full record of these candidates and part of their background that they would bring to the superintendent's office. The public should know their complete background, not just the positives.


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