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Plainfield, Cornish name new school superintendent

  • Cory LeClair, SAU 6, Citizen of the Year (Photo by Ben DeFlorio)



Valley News Correspondent
Wednesday, May 01, 2019

PLAINFIELD — Cory LeClair, recently passed over for the SAU 6 superintendent position, has been hired to serve in that role for the Plainfield and Cornish school districts.

LeClair, who spent nine years at SAU 6 and is a Stevens High School graduate, will begin her new job on July 1, which is when Mike Tempesta of Worcester, Mass., is expected to begin as the SAU 6 superintendent serving Claremont and Unity. LeClair and Tempesta were the two finalists for the SAU 6 post.

Plainfield has about 200 students in grades K-8, and Cornish has 90 in the same grades. There are about 1,700 students in Claremont, where LeClair, 39, has served in different capacities, including acting superintendent at various times since the departure of Middleton McGoodwin last June.

Cornish School Board Chairman Justin Ranney cited several reasons why the school boards chose LeClair.

“Cory brings a lot of great experience to the job,” Ranney said. “There is no question she is a real leader. People that work with her told us how very impressed they were with her leadership skills and said she was very dedicated.

“We believe she has some great qualities that will help both school districts. She has a lot of good ideas.”

The position is four days a week, two in each district. Plainfield hired LeClair and Cornish contracts for her services, Ranney said.

LeClair replaces Frank Perotti, who announced in February he was stepping down on June 30. Perotti has been hired as superintendent in Croydon. He earned $120,000 annually in Plainfield. Plainfield School Board Chairwoman Kate Whybrow could not be reached regarding LeClair’s salary.

On Wednesday, LeClair said because Plainfield and Cornish have much smaller enrollment there is a greater opportunity to work closely with the staff.

“I will have the opportunity to engage with a small staff around student learning,” LeClair said Wednesday in a phone interview. “Both districts take an outside-the-box approach to meet the needs of the student population.”

LeClair also said a slightly shorter work week will provide some “life balance,” allowing her and her husband and their two children more time for sugaring, haying and working on their large vegetable garden. They sell produce from a farmstand, and LeClair’s in-laws operate a dairy farm in Claremont.

“I leave (SAU 6) with mixed emotions,” LeClair said. “The district has so many hard working people and kids with so much potential.”

Patrick O’Grady can be reached at pogclmt@gmail.com