Croston elected Portsmouth School Committee chairman

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The Portsmouth School Committee voted unanimously on Tuesday, Nov. 27, to elect David Croston to serve as chairman. The committee also elected fellow Democrat Terri-Denise Cortvriend as the vice chairwoman in a unanimous vote.. Thomas Vadney was chosen to be the committee's clerk, also by unanimous vote. In other action, meeting 'Highlights' show that the committee: • Welcomed newly elected committee members (all Democrats) Emily A. Copeland, Ms. Cortvriend, Andrew V. Kelly and John L. Wojichowski. • Accepted with regret the retirement of Robert Ettinger, Hathaway School principal. The department has advertised for his replacement. • Approved a request for proposals for legal services • Agreed to hold meetings on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month. • Heard a presentation by Girl Scout Troop 715 about Anti-Bullying Day. The school principals will hold a moment of silence on Dec. 12 in recognition of the event.

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