Board fills new high school position

NASHUA – This week, Cynthia Matte works for one high school.

Next week, she’ll be an administrator for two.

Monday night, the Board of Education named Matte the new dean of academic affairs, a position that handles scheduling for both high schools.

She is currently the assistant principal at Nashua High School North.

Matte, 48, said she is honored to accept the position and is prepared to make sure students from North and South have equal access to school programs like childcare and culinary arts.

“I wanted to really take the next step toward helping the students at both schools,” Matte said.

Matte has worked in Nashua schools for eight years. She began as a social studies teacher 1996. In 1999, she was named School, and in 2001 she became assistant principal.

She served as the interim principal of Nashua South during the fall 2003 semester before returning to the position of assistant principal.

Matte is replacing Tim Kelley, who was named principal of Nashua South in September.

The Merrimack resident said one of her first objectives in the position is to look at busing between the two high schools. Matte plans to make sure students are losing the least amount of classroom time possible while in transition.

Matte also said she will review the scheduling of both schools, refine the course selection process and make sure advanced-placement classes are available at both schools.

As the new dean of academic affairs, Matte said she will work to provide the best education possible for what she calls two of the greatest schools in New England.