June 20, 2018
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Rockland-area school board picks new superintendent

By Stephen Betts, BDN Staff

ROCKLAND, Maine — A six-month search for a new Rockland area school superintendent may be completed in a little more than a week.

The Regional School Unit 13 Board agreed Thursday night to have its personnel and negotiations committee negotiate a contract with a candidate, interim RSU 13 Board Chairwoman Esther “Tess” Kilgour said Thursday night following a two-hour meeting of the full board.

Kilgour said the name of the candidate will not be released until negotiations are successfully completed. The board is scheduled to take a formal vote at its Thursday night, July 5 meeting on hiring a superintendent.

The search has been ongoing since Judy Lucarelli resigned in December to take a contract job with the University of Southern Maine’s Muskie Center.

NIne candidates applied for the RSU 13 post.

RSU 13 has about 2,000 students and more than 400 staff members. The district consists of Rockland, Thomaston, St. George, Owls Head, South Thomaston and Cushing.

The district has been searching for a superintendent along with approximately 15 other school districts in Maine.

RSU 13 held two public forums and conducted an online survey to find out what the public wanted in a superintendent. The top qualities cited by the public were leadership, school and community involvement, personnel management, and the ability to achieve school improvement.

Neal Guyer, a long-time administrator in School Administrative District 50 and then RSU 13 — which is a consolidation of SADs 5 and 50 — has served as interim superintendent since Lucarelli departed. Guyer has declined to say if he is a candidate for the permanent post.

Kilgour became interim board chairwoman after the Thursday night meeting. Greg Hamlin, who had served as board chairman, will be sworn in next week to the Thomaston Board of Selectmen, a post he was elected to on June 12.

Arvilla Collins has been elected to fill Hamlin’s seat on the RSU 13 Board to represent Thomaston. Collins won by receiving the most write-in votes on June 12. She has previously served on the RSU 13 Board.

RSU 13 will be the final of three Midcoast school districts to hire a superintendent this year.

The Five-Town Community School District as well as SAD 28 voted Tuesday to hire Elaine Nutter as superintendent of Camden-area schools.

And the RSU 20 Board hired Brian Carpenter in April to lead its nine-town school district that includes Belfast and Searsport.

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