PORTLAND, Maine — The Portland school department announced Wednesday afternoon that the district has hired new directors for its adult education and transportation departments, both of which have been in the news in recent years for significant capital changes.
Kevin Whittemore has been named the next transportation director, and is slated to take the office in August, when current head Kevin Mallory retires. Mallory oversaw an aggressive and high-profile increase in the use of compressed natural gas buses in recent years as the district has moved away from the use of more polluting diesel fuel.
Bethany Campbell, a Maine community college veteran, will move into the adult and community education director post vacated by the January retirement of longtime department leader Robert Wood.
Under Wood, Portland’s adult education program finally moved out of its rapidly deteriorating 27-year home in a former elementary school build on Douglass Circle to the former Cathedral School last September.
Campbell comes to the position with a master’s degree in adult education from University of Southern Maine and a career that includes stops as dean of business and community partnerships for Southern Maine Community College and Goodwill Industries’ workforce development director.
“Bethany Campbell brings energy and experience that will enhance our program for adolescent and adult learners,” said Superintendent Emmanuel Caulk in a statement.
Whittemore will move up to his department’s top job after 18 years as the assistant director, where he is credited with developing many of the systems used for data collection, billing and scheduling, according to Wednesday’s district announcement.
“Kevin Whittemore sets high standards for the transportation department’s staff and he ensures that the fleet is maintained in a cost effective and timely manner,” said Caulk. “He has a thorough understanding of students’ needs and is always seeking ways to serve them better.”