New Hires; Another Resignation for Windham School District

July 1, 2016


by Barbara O’Brien

In preparation for the new school year, which gets underway on July 1, Windham School District administrators are unusually busy seeking candidates to replace staff that has resigned or is being replaced for other reasons.

Newly hired Superintendent Richard Langlois takes on the top job in the Windham School District on July 1.  He is replacing Interim Superintendent Tina McCoy, who was hired for a one-year stint.

The most recent resignation comes from Windham Middle School Principal Patty Wons, who has accepted a lateral position with the Exeter School District.  Wons, who only worked for the Windham School District for one year, will take on her new duties at Exeter’s Cooperative Middle School on July 1.  Wons informed the Windham School District of her decision to accept the job in Exeter on June 22.  Brenda Morrow is currently the assistant principal at Windham Middle School.

Replacing outgoing Business Administrator Adam Steel is William Hickey, who will assume his new duties on July 19.  Steel, who is taking on a similar position in the Amherst/Mont Vernon School District, wrapped up his responsibilities in Windham as of June 30.

Hickey comes to Windham with many years of extensive financial experience.  Most recently, Hickey served as business administrator for Hampton’s SAU 21 for six years.  SAU 21 is comprised of five individual school districts.  Windham (SAU 95) has been a single school district since separating from Pelham (SAU 28) about five years ago.

Hickey earned his Masters of Business Administration degree from the University of New Hampshire in Durham.

Taking over for Fine Arts Director Jared Cassedy, who is returning to his hometown Salem School District for the 2016-2017 school year, will be Alan Dust.  Dust is relocating to New Hampshire from Wisconsin, where he spent five years as director of instrumental music at Port Washington High School.  In this capacity, he oversaw the high school’s marching, pit and pep bands, as well as the direction of 18 ensembles.  He also taught three curriculum ensembles, plus basic and Advanced Placement music theory.  Dust, a percussionist, also taught music in three other Wisconsin schools, prior to moving on to the high school level.  In his new capacity as Windham’s fine arts director, Dust will be working with kindergartners through high school seniors.

Dust earned his bachelor’s degree in music education and his master’s degree in music performance from Ithaca College.   He is currently completing a second master’s degree, in educational leadership, at Wisconsin’s Cardinal Stritch University.

Dust is moving to the Windham area with his wife, Alana, who was raised in southern New Hampshire.