April 25, 2018
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Midcoast school leader hired by Rangeley

By Stephen Betts, BDN Staff

RANGELEY, Maine — The superintendent of a five-town midcoast school district has been hired by the Rangeley Lakes Regional School District.

Susan Pratt, who has led RSU 40 for two years, was hired by the Rangeley school board on Tuesday night, according to Board Vice Chairwoman Jennifer Farmer. Pratt will serve as Rangeley’s superintendent as well as the principal of its high school. The high school has about 50 students out of a total school enrollment of about 200.

Pratt said Rangeley has a great little school system. She said Rangeley is close to her home and family. Pratt and her husband have a farm in Strong.

The RSU 40 board voted in December to extend Pratt’s contract for one year, through the 2014-2015 school board. She was also given a 2.5 percent raise for the upcoming school year, which would have brought her annual salary to $102,000.

The board also defended the superintendent last year when she was accused by some teachers and parents of passing off another school district’s strategic plan as her plan for RSU 40.

Pratt will be paid $90,000 for the Rangeley job, Farmer said. Pratt will begin her new job July 1.

She leaves as RSU 40 district remains in a deadlock with its teachers over the lack of a contract. The teachers in RSU 40 have been without a new contract since last summer and Pratt declined to authorize step pay increases for faculty this year with no new contract.

Teachers announced last week that as a protest of that lack of a contract they would only work to contract and would not do anything not required under that agreement.

RSU 40 consists of Union, Warren, Waldoboro, Friendship and Washington. RSU 40 schools have about 1,800 students.

RSU 40 board Chairman Danny Jackson was not immediately available for comment. The board next meets at 7 p.m. Thursday at Medomak Middle School.

Pratt will succeed Brian Foster who is retiring, Farmer said.

Correction: An earlier version of the story incorrectly stated that Pratt would serve as principal for the entire Rangely School.

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