ELLSWORTH, Maine — Regional School Unit 24 has received six applications for the post of superintendent of the 12-town district.
According to interim Superintendent Wayne Enman, the Maine School Management Association reviewed and processed all six of the applications to ensure they were complete before forwarding them to the district. The deadline for applications was Jan. 20.
The applications arrived in Ellsworth on Wednesday, Enman said. He has not yet reviewed the applications so he could not say whether the applicants were from out of state or from Maine.
Enman said Thursday he would go through the applications one more time before the school committee begins the initial screening process. He said they hope to have that screening completed by the end of next week.
“They’ll have to decide how many and who they want to interview,” he said. “Then we’ll set up the interviews and make the decision who to bring back for a second interview.”
The successful applicant will replace William Webster, the RSU’s first superintendent who left at the end of 2010 to become superintendent in Lewiston.
The RSU is among the largest in the state, serving the towns of Ellsworth, Lamoine, Hancock, Eastbrook, Sullivan, Sorrento, Steuben, Waltham, Mariaville, Gouldsboro, Winter Harbor and Franklin.
The RSU school committee plans to have a new superintendent on board by the start of the new school year in July, but Enman said it might be possible for someone to start earlier than that if they were available.
Although his contract as interim superintendent for the RSU runs through the end of June, Enman said that if the right candidate were available, he would recommend that the committee bring him or her on sooner than the start of the school year.
“I’d say bring ’em in,” he said. “I think that’s better for everyone. You get through the transition period sooner.”