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Andrews, Peaco to lead Rockland area school board for upcoming year

By Stephen Betts | Jun 26, 2020
Photo by: Stephen Betts Regional School Unit 13 Board Chair Loren Andrews, left, and Superintendent John McDonald in pre-COVID-19 days.

Rockland — The Rockland area school board unanimously re-elected Loren Andrews as its chair for the upcoming year.

The board elected a new vice chair for 2020-2021.

The annual election of officers was held June 25 via a Zoom meeting. The board also held its formal public hearing on the proposed 2020-2021 budget with only former board member Nancy Jeffers commenting on the package, asking about transportation costs.

Andrews, who represents Cushing on the school board, has served since he was elected to a one-year term in March 2007 for the former School Administrative District 50 Board that represented Cushing, Thomaston and St. George. He was elected in March 2008 to a three-year term and then elected in January 2009 to represent the town on the newly created RSU 13 Board that was the result of the merger between SADs 5 and 50.

Andrews was serving as vice chair of the RSU 13 Board and became chair in January 2018, following the death of Steve Roberts. Andrews was elected chair in 2018 and re-elected in 2019.

Andrews is a clinical social worker who was named Social Worker of the Year in 2015 by the Maine Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers.

The Cushing resident concludes his monthly chair reports with the saying "This is RSU 13, where we love our staff, we love our kids and we are awesome together."

The board also elected Tom Peaco as its vice chair.

He was elected in 2016 for a two-year term and re-elected in 2018 for a full three-year term. He is executive director of the Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce.

He was elected on a 5-2 vote with Carol Bachofner receiving two votes.

Board member Amy Williams Beers of Thomaston said Peaco would offer business experience and creative leadership during a difficult time for schools because of COVID-19 and expected funding difficulties.

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