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New principal named for Hallsville Elementary School

Superintendent of Schools Bolgen Vargas has named Christopher MacDonald the next principal of Hallsville Elementary School. Manchester’s Board of School Committee approved MacDonald’s nomination at this week’s meeting.

MacDonald moves into his new position from Northwest Elementary School in Manchester, where he was assistant principal since 2008.  His career in education also includes eight years teaching third and fourth grades in Hooksett.

“While they differ in size, Northwest and Hallsville have many similarities as neighborhood schools committed to the success of all students,” said MacDonald. “I am excited to get to know Hallsville staff, students and families and lead them in their continued efforts toward high achievement.”

“Mr. MacDonald will be a terrific asset to the Hallsville community,” Dr. Vargas said. “His leadership experience and commitment to excellence will help students reach their highest potential.”

MacDonald succeeds Bonnie Skogsholm, who retired at the end of…

New principal named for Parker-Varney Elementary School

Bryan Belanger is the new principal of Parker-Varney Elementary School, effective next month. The Board of School Committee approved Superintendent Bolgen Vargas’s recommendation of Belanger for the position.

Belanger comes to Manchester from Raymond, New Hampshire, where he was principal of Lamprey River Elementary School since 2015. Previous experience included other school- and district-level administrative roles. He was interim principal of Seabrook Elementary School, assistant principal of curriculum and integration at Seabrook Middle School for six years, and technology director for Hampton School District and School Administrative Unit 21, serving Hampton Falls, North Hampton, South Hampton, and Seabrook.

“I am excited and eager to work with Parker-Varney’s learners, teachers, parents, and community,” said Belanger. “Together we will continue our school’s legacy of quality educational experiences, innovation and personalized learning.”

“Mr. Belanger’s experience and enthusiasm…

Middle School at Parkside gets gift from construction industry: Career Exploration program is poised to serve as state-wide model

Local politicians, school district officials, and educators joined Associated Builders and Contractors of New Hampshire/Vermont (ABC) and its Young Professionals Group as they delivered a $2,000 donation, in addition to commitments from local companies, to help support the Middle School at Parkside’s new careers in construction exploration program.

“We are delighted to deliver this money and industry support to the school,” said Joshua Reap, President of ABC. “And the investment is more than just this check. Our contractors will invest materials to give the students projects and dozens of hours from their skilled workforce to teach the kids what a career in construction looks like.”

“For ABC, this is an investment in our community to create a better tomorrow,” added Reap.

According to ABC research, over 500,000 construction jobs need to be filled across the country. This need led Manchester Board of School Committee member and local construction executive Jimmy Lehoux to push for the…