A retired school teacher was appointed Monday evening, June 13 to fill a vacancy on the Regional School Unit 13 Board.

Carol Bachofner was selected over Rockland native Donald Robishaw Jr. The council voted unanimously for Bachofner of Center Street after a proposal by Councilor William Clayton to appoint Robishaw failed 4-1.

Bachofner will succeed Steven Dyer who resigned last week because he was moving outside Rockland to work as an instructor at Thomas College in Waterville.

Councilor Eric Hebert said the city was fortunate to have two qualified candidates appear before the council but he was backing Bachofner. He said he gave her a slight edge because of her educational slant.

Bachofner, who grew up in York, taught English. Her husband was a teacher and her oldest daughter is a teacher in California. Bachofner and her husband moved to Rockland five years ago.

Bachofner said her focus would be on students and creating quality education. She said these are interesting times for education locally with the consolidation of the high schools and she had the time and interest to devote to the board.

Clayton said he supported Robishaw for his passion. Robishaw had sought a seat on the school board in December when the council appointed two members to fill a pair of vacancies.

Robishaw was a veteran firefighter and later worked as a bus driver for RSU 13. He attended last week’s budget meeting and attempted to cut money from the technology budget and from contingency accounts.

A third person — former School Administrative District 5 Board member Nancy Jeffers — had also expressed interest in the seat but was unable to attend the June 13 meeting.

Councilor Larry Pritchett said he hopes that there are contested races for the school board in November, noting that the school accounts for more than half the property taxes raised in Rockland.

The appointment of Bachofner lasts through the November election.

There will be four Rockland members of the RSU 13 Board up for election in November — Bachofner, William Pearce, Sharon Spaulding and Brian Messing.