Veteran educator and administrator to assume the lead role July 1
The Regional Services and Education Center (RSEC) will have its first new executive director in over four decades when Devin Bandurski assumes this role on July 1. She will bring many years of experience and expertise in special education in her role of overseeing the four schools and a childcare center that comprise RSEC. Bandurski follows predecessor Judy Koch, who is retiring after an unprecedented 48 years with the nonprofit.
“On behalf of the search committee and the board of directors, we are excited to welcome Devin to our organization,” said Search Committee Chair Adam Steel, who is SAU 39 superintendent and vice chair of RSEC’s Board of Directors. “After the immeasurable contributions of our long-term executive director Judy Koch, finding a suitable replacement was a top priority. We are thrilled to have attracted someone with the same vision for the future and the skill set needed to continue the progress of our programs.”
Founded in 1974, RSEC was created to provide school districts in southern New Hampshire with a variety of high quality educational and special needs focused programs and services. RSEC currently administers five programs, including Sunrise Children’s Center, an early childhood educational center, The RSEC Academy High School and Middle School, which serves students with learning disabilities, Longview School, an alternative high school program, and Vista Learning Center, a middle and high school program emphasizing small group instruction and social skills enhancement.
“RSEC offers exceptional educational opportunities to children in our state and I am proud to be joining this amazing team,” Bandurski said. “I look forward to working together with staff, students, families and school districts to ensure that we continue to offer programming that meets the needs of our youth.”
Bandurski currently serves as director of special services for the Litchfield School District, a position she has held since 2012. Prior to that she held a similar position in the Hooksett School District. She started her educational career in the Manchester School District, where she spent six years serving as a special education coordinator, teacher and assistant principal at the Smyth Road Elementary School. Currently a resident of Manchester, she earned a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies from Notre Dame College, in Manchester, and a Master of Education degree with majors in school administration from Rivier University, in Nashua. She is a state certified special education administrator and school principal.
Staff across RSEC’s programs expressed very positive impressions when Bandurski visited during the finalist interviews. She was described as passionate, thoughtful and team oriented. One individual said “she seemed enthusiastic, not only about joining our team but education in general, and she seemed like a solution-centered person.”