WINDHAM – The two finalists for school superintendent are Timberlane Regional School District assistant superintendent Winfried Feneberg and former North Andover assistant superintendent Richard Bergeron.
Bergeron is superintendent of the Contoocook Valley Regional School District, a post he has held since 2007.
The Windham School District announced the finalists yesterday.
A community forum with the two finalists will be held Tuesday, Jan. 8, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Windham High School. The finalists will take questions from the public.
Today, tomorrow and Friday they will tour schools and meet with faculty, staff, administrators and the School Board.
“They are both very qualified to do this job,” School Board Chairman Bruce Anderson said.
There were 16 applicants, several from out of state, Anderson said.
The School Board is aiming to hire a new superintendent early next year as it prepares for the retirement of Henry LaBranche and its split from School Administrative Unit 28 and Pelham next summer.
Windham will become standalone SAU 95 in July, a move voters approved in March.
Feneberg, 52, was a finalist for the Timberlane superintendent post earlier this year. He was acting superintendent after the departure of Richard La Salle.
But the School Board chose Earl Metzler instead.
Feneberg has served as assistant superintendent of SAU 55, which includes the Timberlane and Hampstead districts, since 2007. He was previously a special education director for Hampstead and a school psychologist for Timberlane.
He has a master’s degree from the University of Munich and a certificate of advanced graduate study from Northeastern University.
“He’s extremely bright, he’s a deep thinker, he has great personal skills,” La Salle said of his former assistant. “His total focus is on the well-being of children.”
La Salle, now executive director for the Southeastern Regional Education Service Center in Bedford, said Feneberg would be “an awesome superintendent,” and praised his planning and communication skills.