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New Oceanside Middle School principal tapped

Rockland school board member to step down
By Stephen Betts | May 29, 2021
Source: Belfast Area High School website Colden Golann

Rockland — The Rockland area school board will vote on a series of staff nominations when it meets Thursday evening, including a new principal for Oceanside Middle School in Thomaston.

A longtime school board member from Rockland will be stepping down.

Colden Golann has been nominated for the middle school post by Superintendent John McDonald. Golann is currently the assistant principal at Belfast Area High School.

He will succeed William Gifford who is retiring.

There are other hirings on the June 3 agenda for the Regional School Unit 13 Board. The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m.

Those nominations are Suzanne Aldridge-Peacock for a social studies position at Oceanside High School in Rockland; Tiffany Gillum for a math teacher post at Oceanside High; Britni Spaulding as school counselor at Thomaston Grammar School; and Rebecca Albright as a kindergarten teacher at South School in Rockland.

The RSU 13 Board will also be asked to formally accept the resignation of Heather Butler, who is a fifth grade teacher at the South School, effective Aug. 31.

The board will also receive the retirement notice from Oceanside High School school counselor Paula McShane.

Rockland board member Gerald Weinand will resign from the board upon the hiring of his wife Albright. Weinand said he will abstain from that vote, then resign after the hiring.

State law prohibits board members from serving if their spouse is employed by the district.

Weinand was elected to the board in 2016 and reelected in 2019. He is chair of the board's finance and facilities committee. During his time on the board, the district has undertaken and completed major additions and renovations to both the high school and middle school.

Weinand, a licensed architect, also was a member of a special committee of the old SAD 5 Board that was tasked with surveying buildings in the district.

The term for his seat runs through November 2022.

Upon his vacancy, the Rockland City Council can appoint a replacement to serve until the November 2021 election. Then, a one-year seat to fill out the term would be on the November 2021 Rockland ballot.

Gerald Weinand
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Comments (1)
Posted by: Sue Heal | May 29, 2021 13:27

Congratulations, Colden!

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