June 24, 2018
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RSU 13 chair running for Thomaston Board of Selectman

By Stephen Betts, BDN Staff

THOMASTON, Maine — Regional School Unit 13 will have a new board chair as well as likely a new superintendent by July.

Board Chairman Gregory Hamlin said he is not seeking re-election to the school board but instead will run for the open seat on the Thomaston Board of Selectmen. The selectman seat is held by Paul Chamberlin, who is not seeking another term.

Hamlin has returned his nomination papers to the town office in Thomaston.

There are no candidates yet, however, for the school board seat he is vacating. The deadline for candidates to file nomination papers is Friday, April 27.

Thomaston has two representatives on the RSU 13 board.

Hamlin said he has been on the school board (first School Administrative District 50 and then RSU 13) for nearly 10 years.

“We’re on the right track. We will have a new strategic plan and a new superintendent,” Hamlin said.

The RSU 13 superintendent search committee has invited five candidates to interviews which are set for next week, he said.

Hamlin’s departure means the district will have had four board chairs in a little more than a year. Ruth Anne Hohfeld served as chairwoman until March 2011, when she was defeated in a re-election bid at South Thomaston’s town meeting. Jamie Doubleday was defeated at the Thomaston polls in June 2011 after succeeding Hohfeld as chairwoman. Hamlin’s replacement as chairman will mark the fourth new leader in 13 months.

The vice-chairwoman of the RSU 13 board is Tess Kilgour of Rockland. Her term expires in November.

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