RSU 13 selects new superintendent
Rockland — The Regional School Unit 13 Board voted unanimously July 16 to hire Lewis S. Collins of Readfield as the new superintendent of the district.
Collins is the part-time superintendent of Vinalhaven schools and has held that position for two years. He was also the assistant superintendent and education director for RSU 38, Maranacook area schools, from 2004 to 2008. From 1986 to 2004, Collins was the director of the Franklin County Child Development Services Intermediate Education Unit in Farmington.
In a news release, Collins said his vision for RSU 13 includes "making sure that our efforts are always directed at seeking positive outcomes for students. Keeping our eye on that prize for all kids will assure us that bureaucracy and distraction does not cloud our purpose.”
"Communities of this district are obviously dedicated to excellence in their schools and high standards for their children," Collins said. "This area is on the move and I’m very optimistic about the future for every one of our towns."
Loren Andrews, vice chairman of the RSU 13 Board, said Collins has "the right kind of energy and is the kind of team player we need." Andrews said Collins has skills and abilities that make him a good fit with the administrative team and its direction.
He added it was great to have unanimity on the board with the selection and said he feels "really good" about the decision.
Collins' start date is unknown. His position as superintendent for Vinalhaven is part time, so he is able to assume some duties at RSU 13 immediately. Collins will give the Vinalhaven School Board ninety days written notice.
Collins is married with two children. His sons, Dylan, age 24, and Eric, 22, both graduated from Maine colleges, and are working in Maine. His wife, Deborah Wheawill, works in special education administration in RSU 18 in Oakland, Belgrade and Sidney.
Collins was offered a contract through June 2014 and a starting salary of $108,000 per year.
A search committee comprising school board members has been meeting since January to select a new leader for the school district. Judy Lucarelli resigned from the superintendent’s post in November 2011. Neal Guyer has been serving as the interim superintendent.
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