Vinalhaven superintendent accepts Rockland-area job

Posted July 16, 2012, at 8:19 p.m.
Last modified July 16, 2012, at 10:33 p.m.

ROCKLAND, Maine — The superintendent of the Vinalhaven school system has accepted the top post in the Rockland-area school district.

The Regional School Unit 13 board voted unanimously Monday evening to offer the superintendent job to Lewis S. Collins of Readfield. Collins has been superintendent on Vinalhaven for the past two years.

“Everyone here is running hard and we felt he was the person who could be dropped in and run with them,” said Esther “Tess” Kilgour, chairwoman of the RSU 13 board.

Kilgour said later in the evening that she contacted Collins and he accepted the offer.

Collins also was assistant superintendent and special education director at School Union 42, based in Readfield, from 2004 until his recent resignation, Kilgour said.

The Vinalhaven post is a three-day-a-week position, she added. He is also that school’s special education director.

Before the job in Readfield, Collins served for 15 years as director of the Child Development Services office in Franklin County, based in Farmington.

A starting date for Collins’ employment has not yet been set. Kilgour said she wanted to speak with Collins before she reveals the pay he will receive.

Collins was interviewed by the board last week in a closed-door session. He was the fourth candidate interviewed by the board.

Vinalhaven had a student enrollment of 191 in October 2011, according to the Maine Department of Education website. RSU 38, of which School Union 42 is part, had an enrollment of 1,236.

RSU 13 — which includes Rockland, Thomaston, St. George, Cushing, Owls Head and South Thomaston — had a student enrollment of nearly 2,100.

Collins could not be reached for comment Monday evening.

Kilgour said Collins plans to move into the district.

Neal Guyer has served as interim superintendent since December when Judy Lucarelli resigned to take a contract job with the Muskie Institute at the University of Southern Maine.

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