HOULTON, Maine — A Plymouth man and longtime superintendent will be at the helm in SAD 29 temporarily while the school board works to find a new leader for the district of roughly 1,300 students.
Raymond Freve was appointed interim superintendent in SAD 29 during a board meeting Monday night. He takes over for Peter Edgecomb, who has been the interim superintendent since summer. Edgecomb told the board when he was appointed that he could remain in the position only until November. Edgecomb, a state representative, was up for re-election Tuesday.
The superintendent’s seat has been vacant since Steve Fitzpatrick, who formerly held the position, resigned in June after being at the helm for six years. Less than a month after his resignation, Fitzpatrick, 55, was named the principal at Belfast Area High School.
Freve said Tuesday that this is the 19th time he has served as an interim superintendent in a state school district. His last such position was in Union 60 in Greenville in September.
“I’ve been interim superintendent in several Aroostook County schools, and I am looking forward to my time here in Houlton,” Freve said Tuesday. “I will be here until a new superintendent is found or until June, whichever comes first.”
Freve said the school board continues to “aggressively” seek a new superintendent for the district, which consists of the towns of Houlton, Littleton, Monticello and Hammond.
“While they do that, I am going to hit the ground running and continue to help the board meet their goals,” he said. “Right now, I am just getting introduced to the faculty and staff and meeting some of the students in the school buildings. I am going to have my first administrative meeting later this week and I am determined to keep this district moving forward.”
At this point, Freve is commuting to town from Plymouth, but he hopes to find temporary housing in the coming weeks.