Wendy Hastings, Assistant Principal at Londonderry Middle School has been chosen as the new principal in a process that saw 18 candidates apply for the job of principal of Goffstown’s Mountain View Middle School. According to Brian Balke, Assistant Superintendent of Schools at SAU 19, Hastings has gone through every step in the hiring process and the decision to hire her was made at the Monday, June 3, School Board meeting in Goffstown.
“We’re thrilled at the prospect of Wendy coming to the Mountain View Middle School. She will bring strong communications skills, a comprehensive vision and a dynamic personality to the school,” Balke said.
Balke said that the process included a rigourous interview process where Hastings met with students, members of the community, the school Board and the Superintendent of Schools Stacy Buckley. Hastings said that she taught Pre-K to Eighth grade in Goffstown for two years after college at Villa Augustina parochial school and had grown up in Goffstown before coming to Londonderry 14 years ago and now will return to Goffstown.
“The process was rigorous but I’m glad I went through it. It shows that the community of Goffstown wanted someone that is the right fit. I respect the process,” Hastings said.
Balke praised the Londonderry School District saying that Hastings is ready to be a principal and that Londonderry School Superintendent Nathan Greenberg was in Balke’s opinion, “the best in the state.” Hastings echoed those sentiments. “I have worked in Londonderry under a very supportive school Board and great leadership under Mr. Greenberg. The parents have also been wonderful here in Londonderry. It made me ready to be a pricipal,” Hastings said.