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SAU 88 Lebanon School District Welcomes a New Superintendent in June

Apr 07, 2023 05:51PM ● By Virginia Dean
SAU 88 Lebanon School District welcomes a new superintendent who says she looks forward to working with the city’s students, faculty, and staff in addition to the community. Amy Allen has been assistant superintendent for teaching, leading, and learning in the Manchester School District.

Amy will replace Joanne Roberts, who announced last spring that she would be leaving the position at the end of this academic year after nine years. A former Enfield, New Hampshire, resident, Amy brings experience, knowledge, and drive. “I am grateful for the opportunity to return to the Upper Valley to serve the community of Lebanon as its school superintendent,” she says.

Prior to becoming assistant superintendent in 2017, Amy was principal at Parker-Varney Elementary School and assistant principal of student services at Hillside Middle School, both in Manchester. Her administrative background reflects success in a large New Hampshire school district managing a wide and complex spectrum of educational issues. Amy also brings involvement in developing school initiatives in diversity, equity, and inclusion, or DEI, according to Lebanon School Board Chair Richard Milius, a member of the superintendent search committee.

“We were very fortunate to have a really strong slate of candidates,” says Richard. “There was a high degree of consensus among committee members that [Amy] was the best.”

Amy was one of two finalists for the position who visited the city earlier this month.

Richard has described her as a “collaborative leader with a focus on the big picture” of education, an excellent communicator, and “a people person.” He credits Joanne Roberts for her strong leadership and many accomplishments, including “substantial gains” in academic achievement and navigating the Lebanon schools through COVID-19.

“We were fortunate to have her, and she is leaving a good foundation for Amy to build upon,” he says.

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