Londonderry School Board Unanimously Approves New Superintendent Daniel Black
Londonderry, NH — At the December 20th School Board Meeting, the Board approved current Interim Superintendent Daniel Black as the District’s next permanent Superintendent. This decision comes after many months of work by the Superintendent Search Committee that was initially charged early last year under the guidance of the Bryan Group, who helped the committee determine Superintendent competencies and characteristics; collected and vetted applications; and ran an in-depth interview process.
After successfully going through short and long interviews, Black demonstrated most all of the competencies the District was looking for in their next permanent leader. He was moved on to a community Meet and Greet on December 12th, when community members could ask questions and make public comment. From there, the Board made their final vote on December 20th.
Black has been serving as the Interim Superintendent since July 1st; prior to that appointment, he was hired as the District’s Assistant Superintendent in 2016. Before coming to Londonderry, Black worked in Keene as the Assistant Superintendent. His collection of educational experience includes: founding Principal in New York City Schools, an Instructional Coach, a middle school science teacher, and Teach for America in Texas. He earned his degrees from Vanderbilt, Harvard, and Plymouth Universities.
In Londonderry, Black is known for his data-based collaborative decision making. He has been instrumental in the formation of the District’s Portrait of a Graduate. He is focused on designing clearer competency-based curriculum. He is deeply committed to helping the District future plan effectively for issues such as student achievement, facilities planning, and the status of public Kindergarten. Black also makes visiting classrooms and supporting teachers and students a priority. He is well regarded by the Administrative Team, many of whom he assembled upon becoming Interim in July.
Before making the motion to appoint Daniel Black Londonderry’s Superintendent, Board member Bob Slater explained the grueling search process over the past year, and that he was looking for the best person to move the District in a positive direction. He noted of Black “I have watched this man since last spring when he was appointed Interim; he put a team together like no other to move the District forward—it was amazing. Since July, the District has gotten stronger and stronger, and this place is running like it never ran before. I feel as though this gentleman has those qualities to move us forward. The District is fortunate to have him.”
Black stated, “I am humbled and thankful for the support and praise from the School Board and Search Committee. I would also comment that Londonderry did a great job putting me through a hiring process, while at the same time recruiting me for the long term. At every step of the way, I was reminded of the great staff and community we have here in Londonderry, and how lucky I would be if given the opportunity to be their leader. I am so proud of our school system and how we rebounded to normalcy this year and reminded our community of how strong our academic program is, while providing our students with a wide range of co-curricular experiences to build their skills outside the classroom. We are in a strong place right now and will continue to take steps to improve where we want to get better for our students and community. I want to thank everyone for their kind words and support throughout this process – it kept me moving forward and excited to reach this point.”
One of Black’s first goals will be to lead the search process for a permanent Assistant Superintendent.