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Decision on new RSU 13 athletic director likely weeks away

By Mark Haskell | Jun 27, 2014

Rockland — Those awaiting the naming of a new Regional School Unit 13 athletic director will be forced to wait a bit longer.

Twelve applicants have applied for the position, but the interview process likely will not begin for a few weeks.

RSU 13 has many high-ranking officials who have resigned for various reasons over the past six months, notably interim superintendent Michael Wilhelm, former superintendent Lew Collins, Oceanside East principal Tom Forti, Oceanside West principal Larry Schooley, business manager Scott Vaitones and athletic director Jim Leonard, among others.

Wilhelm's final day at RSU 13 is Friday, June 27. Leon Levesque will be the new RSU 13 superintendent beginning Tuesday, July 1.

With the transition between superintendents, the interview process for a new athletic director likely will not begin until Levesque begins in his new position, said Barbara Dyer, who works in RSU 13 human resources.

Dyer said a committee to select the new athletic director has yet to be chosen.

Fall and winter coaches were approved at the Thursday, June 26 school board meeting, while the decision on spring coaches will be held off until a new athletic director is chosen.

Leonard resigned in May and has been named the athletic director at Maine Central Institute of Pittsfield, another Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class B school. Leonard was an AD in the Midcoast seven years — in RSU 13 (high school and middle school) for three and prior to that for School Administrative District 5 (high school and middle school).

Comments (1)
Posted by: Gayle Murphy | Jun 27, 2014 19:31

I prefer to take the glass half full approach to this position/opening and the many others within RSU 13. If there was one piece of advice that I would give either the board, administration, or interview committee's for this, or any of the openings, it would be the following . . . Take advantage of this opportunity to start fresh!  New people, fresh ideas, new blood!  Not recycling the same 'ol, same 'ol.

 

John Murphy



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Mark has been covering local sports throughout Knox, Waldo and part of Lincoln county since 2007. He has a bachelor's degree in Mass Communication from the University of Maine and is also a 2000 graduate of Rockland District High School.

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