Brewer schedules March public hearing on superintendent residency requirement

By Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN Staff
Posted Feb. 24, 2012, at 12:49 p.m.

BREWER, Maine — Whether the city should require the next school superintendent to reside in Brewer was discussed by the City Council earlier this month, and now a public hearing on the matter has been scheduled for March 13.

Councilor Larry Doughty requested the public hearing on changing the city charter to require the school superintendent to be a Brewer resident after learning that the current superintendent, Daniel Lee, is retiring next year.

The public hearing is scheduled for 6 p.m. March 13 in the council chambers, and written comments also will be accepted until 4 p.m. that day, City Clerk Howard Kroll said in the public notice announcing the meeting.

Under the proposed change, “any Superintendent of Schools contract beginning July 1, 2013, and thereafter” would require the superintendent to “become a resident of the City of Brewer within one year after his or her employment begins,” the notice states.

Any change in the city charter requires voter approval, Kroll noted Friday.

After the public hearing is held, “The City Council is going to set a date to actually put that in front of the voters,” the city clerk said. “That would be at the June election, the September special election or the November presidential election.”

Doughty would like the city charter amendment referendum to take place when residents head to the polls in June, Kroll said.

Written comments should be addressed to Brewer City Council, c/o City Clerk, 80 North Main St., Brewer 04412.

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