June 22, 2018
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SAD 60 to lose two top officials

By Diana Bowley, BDN Staff

GREENVILLE, Maine — Union 60’s top two administrators are leaving their posts in June.

Heather Perry, who serves as Union 60 superintendent and SAD 12 superintendent in the Jackman area, has tendered her resignation from both positions effective June 30. Perry has accepted the superintendent’s job in SAD 3 in the Unity and Thorndike areas. The latter district consists of 11 towns and represents 1,490 students compared to the 250 students in Union 60 and the 172 students in SAD 12.

“The opportunity in SAD 3 kind of fell into my lap, so to speak, and I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to move forward with my career,” Perry said earlier this week. “I wanted to look and see what my skills could do in other places.”

Union 60 was Perry’s first job as superintendent and she was in her fourth year on the job.

“I thoroughly enjoyed my time here in Union 60. I’ve learned a great deal; it was great fertile soil for learning,” Perry said. She said she appreciated working with John Simko, Greenville’s town manager; Geno Murray, the Charles A. Dean Memorial Hospital CEO; and the various boards of directors.

Perry said her biggest accomplishments in Union 60 were guiding the union through the reorganization process and making sure it received the onshore island exemption.

The other departure is that of Rebecca “Becky” Brown, who is leaving Union 60 as K-12 principal and special education director. She will begin next fall as principal at the Dyer School, a public elementary school in South Portland.

“The K-12 span and special education I do here is extremely demanding and I never feel like I can impact any one age level or grade level, so I had always said that if the right school system had an elementary principal’s position open, I’d like to try for it,” Brown said Friday. She said she has taught high school and has worked on middle school curriculum development, but has never really focused on the elementary level.

“I’m sad, but I’m invigorated,” Brown said of her leaving and of her new job.

Brown’s husband, Troy Brown, is leaving his job as director of business services at Charles A. Dean Memorial Hospital in Greenville for a position with a consulting company that works with rural hospitals.

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