LINCOLN, Maine — An educator with more than 40 years experience and who has held 15 interim superintendent positions will temporarily replace Denise Hamlin as RSU 67’s top educator.
The RSU 67 board of directors voted 6-0 on Wednesday to appoint Raymond Freve of Plymouth as interim superintendent to replace Hamlin, who resigned on April 24.
Chairwoman Rebecca Hanscom said the board approved Freve’s selection based on his vast experience as a superintendent and educator that will help him step into the school board’s ongoing budget process.
“I think that because of his experience, even though it is a challenging process, we have every confidence that he will handle it well,” Hanscom said Thursday.
Freve did not immediately return a telephone message seeking comment on Thursday.
Hamlin resigned at a school board meeting April 24 apparently due to the lack of community support for budgets she had proposed. The board voted 7-0-4 to accept Hamlin’s resignation. Members Regginal Adams, Rebecca Fleming, Carolyn Smith and John Trask abstained. About 60 people attended the meeting.
Board members named curriculum coordinator Cathy Menard as interim superintendent of the school system, which serves Chester, Lincoln and Mattawamkeag, until a more permanent successor could be found. She’ll step down when Freve starts work on Monday, May 13.
Board members Trask, Adams, David Shannon, Debra McIntyre and James Sutherland did not participate in the vote to hire Freve because they were absent from the meeting, Hanscom said.
As part of the agreement worked out with him, which has not been finalized as a contract, Freve will be paid $500 per day and only get paid for the days he works, Hanscom said.
About $350 of that is a standard base pay for interim superintendents recommended by the Maine School Management Association, which helped RSU 67 officials with their search by furnishing a list of possible candidates, Hanscom said.
The rest will pay his lodging and travel expenses, Hanscom said. The board will begin its search for a more permanent successor immediately.
The contract will likely run for one year. It will include a 10-day out clause for Freve and the board, and it will carry the understanding that Freve will step aside immediately if a successor to Hamlin is found before the year is up.
“The idea is to have no overlap” between Freve and his successor, Hanscom said, adding that the board wants to minimize expenses, such as overlap, as much as possible.
According to a resume Freve provided the board, he began his teaching career as a special education instructor in Wells in 1969. He worked as a University of Maine-Orono instructor from 1976-78.
His first superintendent position was in Baileyville from 1975 to 1978. Freve was a superintendent or interim superintendent in Newport, Plantation 21, Winthrop, Glenburn, Madawaska and Otis and at RSU 29, School Union 60 and School Administrative Districts 56 (twice), 68, 3, 34, and 48, his resume lists.
Freve also served as a consultant on several school consolidation or withdrawal efforts.
The RSU 67 board is about halfway through its budget process, Hamlin said.