Guyer dropped from RSU 13 superintendent race
Rockland — Neal Guyer, the interim superintendent of Regional School Unit 13, has been dropped for consideration for the permanent position of superintendent.
He will remain as interim superintendent during the search for a new executive and plans to stay on the job as curriculum coordinator, he said in an interview June 26.
Guyer said he was told on Friday last week that he was not the finalist, but that the search committee had selected someone else and would begin negotiations.
"That's when I sent the email to the administrative team that I was not one of the finalists," he said.
The RSU 13 Administrative Team notified the media in a letter to the editor confirming that on June 25 Guyer had emailed members he was no longer one of the finalists.
Some said they were surprised, while others said they didn't know that he had applied.
Guyer's name had come down to one of three finalists for the position from an original list of 18 until recently, according to former RSU 13 board Chairman Greg Hamlin of Thomaston in an interview last week.
Hamlin stepped down Monday to become a selectman in Thomaston. He was replaced by acting chairperson Esther "Tess" Kilgour of Rockland, until the next meeting on July 5.
Kilgour said Tuesday noon that the board is "still in the process" of interviewing, and she is bound by confidentiality to keep the process closed.
"We're still in the process," she said Tuesday. "We have another interview next week."
She said the board has not committed to a candidate. She did not say the board was in negotiations.
"This has been an extensive process that began in January," she said. "We worked diligently on how we were going to do this."
The letter praised Guyer for his "direction and leadership" over the past six months. The committee gave him points for his "collaborative and open approach to leadership" and for his emphasis on teamwork.
"Over these last few months, you have repeatedly asked each of us to examine how we do business and to look for a 'better way,'" the letter said.
Guyer was commended for good changes, including reviewing and revamping special education services, developing consistent district-wide instructional schedules, and improving early intervention services. Other kudos were given for the new standards-based reporting system and a literacy database to be piloted next year.
The letter was signed by Administrative Team members Beth Chamberlin, Tom Forti, Kathy Hollicker, Todd Martin, Mary Alice McLean, Ralph Newbert, Shannon Parker, Larry Schooley, Susan Stilwell, Vaitones and Tom Wright.
Courier Publications reporter George Chappell can be reached at 207-594-4401, ext. 117, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.