Rockland-area school district negotiating with new interim superintendent

Posted June 05, 2014, at 10:12 p.m.

ROCKLAND, Maine — A former longtime Lewiston school superintendent is expected to take the reins of the Rockland-area school district on an interim basis.

The Regional School Unit 13 board voted unanimously Thursday night to negotiate a contract with Leon Levesque. The terms, including his starting date, have yet to be determined.

Current interim Superintendent Michael Wilhelm has been working for RSU 13 since mid-February, when Lew Collins resigned. Wilhelm initially agreed to stay on only through the end of May but since has said he would work on a per diem basis in June.

Levesque served as superintendent in Lewiston from 1998 until 2011. Before that he had been Hallowell’s superintendent from 1993 to 1998, assistant superintendent in Turner from 1988 to 1993, principal of Mt. Abram School in Kingfield from 1982 to 1988, and assistant principal at Messalonskee in Oakland from 1978 to 1982. He also taught English and French in Windsor, Colorado, after serving in the Army from 1968 to 1970.

Levesque has agreed to stay on until the board hires a new superintendent. Board Chairman Steve Roberts said the search committee is working on questions to pose to those granted interviews.

Eight candidates have applied for the position.

RSU 13 has nearly 2,000 students and serves Rockland, Thomaston, St. George, Owls Head, South Thomaston and Cushing.

The board also re-elected Roberts, a Rockland board member, to serve as chairman for the next 12 months. The vote was unanimous.

The board also voted 8-2 to re-elect Loren Andrews of Cushing as vice chairman. Board members Esther “Tess” Kilgour of Rockland and Christine Curtis of South Thomaston voted against him even though he was unopposed.

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