Meet the finalists May 15: Public Q&A with 3 finalists for superintendent of schools

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From left, three finalists selected for consideration as the next MSD Superintendent are Jen Gillis, Amy Allen and John Goldstadt.

MANCHESTER, NH – The Manchester School District Board of School Committee invites you to attend a Community Question and Answer Forum at Memorial High School on Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at 5:30 p.m. with the three finalists for the role of Superintendent of Schools. The three finalists are:

  • Jennifer Gillis
  • Dr. John Goldhardt
  • Amy Allen

Biography for Jennifer Gillis


Jennifer Gillis joined the Manchester City School District administration five years ago.  During that time she was the principal of Southside Middle School and most recently has served as Assistant Superintendent for the school district.  Before coming to Manchester she had teaching and administrative experience in Goffstown.

During her time in Manchester, she has worked with a number of community agencies.  Her notable initiative is the District Safety Plan in which she collaborated with a number of community agencies including law enforcement, fire and emergency services. She was also active in the development of the redistricting plan and the Rti plan at Southside Middle School.

Ms. Gillis earned a BS degree from Endicott College, an MBA from Franklin Pierce University and is working on her doctorate from Plymouth State University.

Biography for Dr. John Goldhardt


Dr. John Goldhardt is currently the Executive Director and Chief of School Leadership and Performance for the Salt Lake City (Utah) School District, a position he has held since 2017.

Salt Lake City School District has 24,000 students, three comprehensive high schools, one online high school, two charter high schools, one alternative high school, five middle schools, one K-8 school, one charter K-8 school, 26 elementary schools, 80 school administrators, 57% minority enrollment, 58 percent free/reduced lunch students, 90 languages spoken, 20% English Learners and a $250 million budget.

In his position, he oversees the hiring process and evaluations of all principals and assistant principals as well as oversees and leads the School Leadership and Performance department and supervises the District Athletic Director, Title 1 Director, and Career and Technical Education.

Previous to that he was the Principal, Murray High School, Murray, Utah, (1,600 students) and also a principal at Snow Canyon Middle School, St. George, Utah, (880 students) and was a teacher for five years.

In addition to holding a doctorate degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Nevada at Las Vegas, he also holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Utah.

Biography for Amy Allen


Amy Allen has been a member of the Manchester City School District staff since 2009.  She has held positions as an Assistant Principal at Hillside Middle School, Principal of the Parker-Varney Elementary School and is currently the Assistant Superintendent for Elementary and Innovation for the district.

Ms. Allen is a resident of Manchester and is involved in numerous community activities.  She has sat on a number of community Boards and has done a great deal of volunteer. Notable is her service on the Manchester Proud Council and Community Planning Group. She was also a member of the 2018 class of Greater Leadership Manchester.

Ms. Allen holds a BA/BSW degree and MSW degree from the University of New Hampshire.  She is currently completing her PhD work from Capella University.