Superintendent receives second honor in weeks

Nov 07, 2018
Photo by: Kim Ames Lincoln John McDonald recently received the Commissioner's Award from the state Department of Education.

Rockland — The accolades continue coming for Rockland-area school Superintendent John McDonald.

The Maine Department of Education announced Wednesday, Nov. 7, that McDonald, the superintendent of Regional School Unit 13, has been honored with the 2018 Commissioner’s Award by Commissioner Robert Hasson Jr.

“John is an extraordinary leader. He is very focused on students and the needs of the whole child,” Hasson said in a news release. “His success in helping to develop school boards by holding workshops that allow them to set achievable goals for students is a testament to his vision for the success of all students.”

During the annual Commissioner's Conference held each spring, the commissioner honors a Maine superintendent, "who has gone above and beyond in his or her duties as a leader in their community."

McDonald holds master’s degrees in both educational leadership and elementary education, and bachelor’s degrees in anthropology and writing.

“John is a quiet person. He does not promote his own success as an educational leader, but he is truly deserving of this recognition for his many years of service to Maine students,” Hasson said.

The Maine School Superintendents Association announced Oct. 24 during its fall conference at the Augusta Civic Center that McDonald had been named the 2019 Superintendent of the Year.

McDonald was hired in July 2014 by the RSU 13 Board, which had previously suffered through years of turnover, not only of superintendents, but also of other administrators and board members. The board at the time had also been mired in frequent bickering.

McDonald had been assistant superintendent in Belfast from 2009 until his hiring by RSU 13. He had been director of curriculum and instruction from 2007 through 2009, and prior to that, he was assistant principal at the Troy A. Howard Middle School in Belfast. He also had been principal of the Morse Memorial School in Brooks.

The Schools of Our Future plan for RSU 13 included new programs, an emphasis on restorative justice, and construction of new schools and additions. Programs have included a freshman academy and fishermen's academy. Construction projects include the new Ash Point Community School in Owls Head, and additions and renovations to Oceanside Middle School in Thomaston and Oceanside High School in Rockland.

The district includes Rockland, Thomaston, Owls Head, South Thomaston and Cushing.

Comments (1)
Posted by: Valli Genevieve Geiger | Nov 08, 2018 07:10

Congratulations John! No one deserves it more. We are lucky to have you.

Valli Geiger



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