Many Flags hires former Rockland community development director

Feb 19, 2013
Source: File photo Audrey Lovering has been hired as executive director of the Many Flags/One Community Regional Board.

Rockland — Many Flags/One Community, a regional education initiative in the Midcoast, announced it has selected Audrey Lovering to serve as the executive director of the recently formed Many Flags/ One Community Regional Board of Directors.

In December 2012 an 11 member regional board of directors was established to oversee the implementation of the integrated secondary and post secondary regional education model for the greater Knox Country region. In January 2013, the new board began its search for a lead staff person for the regional board.

Lovering, a Rockland resident, was selected to begin a six-month contract as the executive director for the new regional board. As a former teacher and economic and community development specialist, Lovering brings a wealth of skills and experience to this new regional effort. Previously, Lovering served as the director of community development for the city of Rockland, which provides her with an understanding of the economic and workforce development challenges that faces the region.

“We were very fortunate to have a great group of qualified candidates to choose from. Audrey’s professional background and her ability to hit the ground running makes her a particularly excellent fit for us at this time. We are very pleased to have her on board," said Loren Andrews, chairman of the Many Flags/One Community Regional Board said in a news release.

The initial work of the new executive director for the regional board will be focused on working with area educators to coordinate programs and services for all high school, career and technical and higher education students in the region.  Linking programs, sharing existing resources, coordinating curriculum and policies, offering early college and dual credits, and using technology to provide extensive virtual learning opportunities for all students in the region will be stressed. In the future, as funds become available, a new campus is envisioned that will co-located and integrate a regional high school, a career and technical school, a higher education center and industry directed training centers.

In addition, in January 2013, Many Flags/One Community and Penquis Community Action Agency were awarded a federal USDOE Promise Neighborhoods grant. As executive director, Lovering will also serve be a key participant in the Promise Neighborhoods planning grant.

Alan Hinsey will continue to serve as executive director of the Many Flags/One Community Foundation. The foundation will lead take the lead in the area of fundraising, lobbying, and promotion of the innovative Many Flags model.

Many Flags/One Community is an innovative new regional approach for a seamlessly integrated secondary and post-secondary education system in Maine. This is a unique concept that promotes educational excellence and administrative efficiency by integrating, both physically and virtually, the programs, students, faculty, staff, classrooms, labs, and technological infrastructure of: a network of high-performing regional high schools; state-of-the-art career and technical education center; higher education center (Maine Community College and University of Maine System); industry training centers.

In March, Lovering and the board will open a local office that will become the headquarters for all Many Flags and Promise Neighborhoods activities. The office will be located at 313 Main St., Suite 207, in Rockland.

In addition, Lovering will oversee the design, development and launch of a new interactive Many Flags/One Community website to be launched this spring. The new website will serve as a primary source of information, discussion and interaction for the MF/OC and the Promise Neighborhoods projects.

For more information contact Alan Hinsey at 691-3227, ahinsey@manyflags.org or go to manyflags.org.

 

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