DOVER-FOXCROFT, Maine — The former principal of the Orono Middle School, who was the subject of a 2011 Maine Department of Education report that revealed his actions while principal violated state testing rules, has been nominated as superintendent of Regional School Unit 68, according to a school board agenda.
The RSU 68 Board of Directors, which serves the communities of Charleston, Dover-Foxcroft, Monson and Sebec, will vote whether to accept the nomination of Robert Lucy on June 3. He would receive an annual salary of $95,000, according to the agenda.
“The board is fully aware of his background. It has been thoroughly checked,” said Jennifer Chase, vice chair of the RSU 68’s board, on Thursday. “He was very forthright with the board, and we feel his history is a non-issue.”
Lucy, who served as middle school principal in Orono for 12 years before becoming assistant superintendent of the Bangor School Department, resigned from his position in Bangor after the Bangor Daily News published details of the Department of Education report in 2012. He had held that position for less than one year.
The report stated that there was “incontrovertible evidence that some students revisited the [New England Common Assessment Program] test after the time permitted” and that those actions violated “clearly stated” testing rules and guidelines.
According to the report, Lucy told staff members to re-administer the test to some students who had not answered all the test questions.
The department investigated the tests of six students, five of whom had disabilities. The students’ response to the questions that they answered after the testing period were later invalidated, according to the Department of Education report.
The Department of Education requested that the principal submit to training on NECAP protocols as a result of the incident.
Lucy could not be reached for comment Thursday.
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