June 25, 2018
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Acting Rockland area superintendent no longer finalist for job

Stephen Betts | BDN
Stephen Betts | BDN
Regional School Unit 13 interim Superintendent Neal Guyer speaks to a gathering of the public Wednesday night, Feb. 29 to gather suggestions for the district's priorities for the next five years.
By Stephen Betts, BDN Staff

ROCKLAND, Maine — The veteran administrator who has been interim superintendent for the Rockland-area school district since December is no longer a finalist for the job.

This news was included in a letter to the editor sent by the administrators of Regional School Unit 13 that praised Neal Guyer for his service to the district.

“We have all seen how effective your collaborative and open approach to leadership can be. You have demonstrated the importance of teamwork from your first day as interim superintendent,” the letter stated.

Guyer could not be reached for comment Monday. He previously has not commented on whether he was a finalist for the job.

The RSU 13 board agreed Thursday night to negotiate with a candidate for the position and plan to take a formal vote to hire the person at the board’s July 5 meeting.

The administrators cited Guyer’s work on the budget as one example of his leadership.

“Over these last few months you have repeatedly asked each of us to examine how we do business and to look for a ‘better way.’ From that approach some very good things have happened,” they said.

The letter was signed by Lura Libby and Cushing Community School principal Beth Chamberlin, Oceanside High School East principal Tom Forti, Rockland District Middle School principal Kathy Hollicker, South School principal Todd Martin, St. George and Gilford Butler schools principal Mary Alice McLean, special services director Ralph Newbert, adult education director Shannon Parker, Oceanside West principal Larry Schooley, Thomaston Grammar and Owls Head Central schools principal Susan Stilwell, business manager Scott Vaitones and special programs director Tom Wright.

Guyer is the director of school improvement as well as interim superintendent.

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