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Trahan School Leadership Now Solid; The Roof, On The Other Hand ...

Feb 22, 2015 11:16PM ● By Bill Gilman
In a few months, Trahan Elementary School Interim Principal Matthew Castonguay will be able to remove the "Interim" from his title.
In a letter sent to Trahan parents today, Superintendent of Schools Dr. John O'Connor announced Castonguay has been named the school's permanent principal, effective July 1.
According to O'Connor, the district received more than 70 applications for three available elementary school principal positions. Dewing School and Heathbrook Elementary are the others. Castonguay has served at Trahan in an interim capacity since the start of the school year.
"Matt possesses a well-rounded background that makes him the ideal candidate for the Trahan Elementary School," O'Connor wrote in his letter to parents.
Trahan Elementary serves students in grades 3 and 4.
A graduate of Salem State University with a graduate degree from Nova Southeastern University, Castonguay had previously worked teaching fifth grade at Bradford Elementary in the Haverhill School District and spent 10 years responsible for planning and operation of the Groveland Summer Recreation Program.
O'Connor included in his letter an endorsement of Castonguay from James Scully, Superintendent of Haverhill Public Schools. ”Matt has been recognized by his peers, parents and community members as being a strong advocate for children and a wonderful example as a building based leader," wrote Sculy.
A resident of Ipswich, Castonguay enjoys hockey, skiing, hiking, running, and coaching.
O'Connor wrote he intends to officially introduce Castonguay at the March 11 School Committee Meeting.
While the Trahan School leadership has been solidified, the roof at the school is proving to be anything but.
In a letter sent to parents of the school earlier this week, Castonguay addressed the problem of ongoing roof leaks at the school.
According to Castonguay, the leaks have been a problem for the past few weeks. He said roofers have been on site doing work to repair as many of the problem areas as possible but that some of the damage won't be able to be addressed until spring.
Trahan, built in 1952, is one of four Tewksbury elementary schools, all of which have been deemed to have "identifiable deficiencies" and are in need of significant repairs, upgrades or replacement.
Earlier this year, a water pipe break caused the basement of Trahan to be flooded with nearly four feet of water.
Castonguay's letter to parents, in its entirety, reads as follows:
Good Afternoon Parents,
I hope your children are enjoying the break.  I wanted to update you all on the roof situation at our school.  We have had numerous leaks over the past few weeks.  The roofers have been here all day last Saturday, as well as Tuesday and Wednesday of this week to clear snow and repair as many leaks as possible with the current weather conditions as they are.  Several of the leaks have been repaired, however we are still experiencing some leaks that will not be able to get fixed until the temperatures warm.  In the meantime, we will do our best to alleviate any distractions this may cause our staff and students.  Please let me know if you have any questions.
Thanks so much,
Mr. Castonguay 


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