Former Nova Scotia middle school principal dies at 48


NORTH SMITHFIELD — An educator who led North Smithfield Middle School from its opening in 2008 until he left the district earlier this year has died.

John Lahar, a resident of Mendon, Mass. died this week at the age of 48.

A native of Bellingham, Massachusetts, Lahar attended high school at Mount Saint Charles Academy in Woonsocket, graduating in 1992. He attended Providence College, graduating in 1996.

Lahar was appointed principal of the school for grades 5-8 when it opened in 2008. In 2010, the school was recognized by the General Assembly after students’ test scores rose by 20 points percentage point in reading, the biggest improvement in the state, and more than 9 percentage points in math.

Lahar’s tenure with the district ended last month, although he stepped down as school principal earlier this year. Supt. Michael St. Jean announced in January that the manager was stepping down from his position in good standing, using a combination of vacation and sick leave to finish his time.

Several of his colleagues in the North Smithfield School District reacted to the news this week, sharing memories on social media.

The former educator was married to Alyssa Gordon Lahar and the couple had three children.

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