RSU 40 names new superintendent
Union — The Regional School Unit 40 has a new superintendent.
Stephen Nolan of Topsham was presented by Search Committee Chairman Dennis Wooster at the Board of Director's meeting March 6. Nolan takes over for Interim Superintendent Michael Cormier who filled the gap following the July resignation of previous Superintendent Susan Pratt.
"After a year-long process, I move that we employ the services of Stephen E. Nolan as Superintendent of Schools beginning July 1," said Wooster.
Nolan addressed the audience and thanked the search committee for their attention to detail in the process.
"I am looking forward to getting to know the staff and working with you all to make our schools a great place to learn," said Nolan.
Nolan's contract begins July 1 and will run through June 30, 2016, with compensation of $105,000 annually.
The principal at Lincoln Middle School in Portland since 2008, Nolan seeks to utilize his "leadership skills to build capacity, create support systems, and coordinate resources in order to improve learning for all students," as indicated by his resume submitted to the board.
Nolan's teaching experience started as a mathematics teacher in 1993 at Los Gatos High School in California. Following similar teaching positions in Farmingdale, Lewiston and Topsham, Nolan became assistant principal at Lincoln Middle School in Portland from 2004 to 2008, before entering his current position.
Following earning his associate of arts in liberal studies, Nolan went to Santa Clara University in California to complete his bachelor of science in economics before earning his master of science in educational leadership at the University of Southern Maine in 2002.
"I am very happy that you have a candidate to hire as your next superintendent of schools," said Cormier in his report to the board. "I am very willing to help with the transition in any way I can," he added.
On March 7, Nolan met with his staff and shared the news
“I feel better knowing there is time to make the transition,” said Nolan.
Nolan noted the most important agenda item to him is taking the time to get to know the people in the district.
“I operate on efficiency and capacity,” said Nolan. “How to manage what is being proposed in a way that works with priorities and timeframe.”
Nolan said he feels the idea of a pre-kindergarten program is a great one.
“There are lots of good opportunities,” said Nolan, “and I think we will find growing support in the next few years.”
“Collectively, we can do very good things,” he said.
Nolan lives with his wife Jennifer in Topsham. He said they will eventually look into relocating closer to the area, however will remain there until their daughter Alison graduates from Mt. Ararat High School next year. The couple also has two sons, Brian is a senior at the University of Maine at Farmington and Kevin is a freshman at Southern Maine Community College.
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