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Abramson named RSU 10 interim superintendent
DIXFIELD — Following an executive session on May 13, the RSU 10 board appointed an interim superintendent to bridge the gap between the time Superintendent
Interim superintendent for RSU 10 Richard Abramson of Arundel will begin his duties in late June after Supt. Tom Ward leaves for RSU 9 in Farmington. Abramson will work two days a week during the summer.
There will be an open house held for Ward from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, June 13 at Dirigo High School. This will be an opportunity for staff and the public to say goodbye to Ward, who has served as superintendent of RSU 10 since it formed four years ago.
Ward said a superintendent during this interim period is most needed to take care of district paperwork.
After the summer, if a new permanent superintendent is not in place, Abramson will serve RSU 10 on an as-needed basis. Abramson will be paid just under $400 a day.
Abramson is a retired school superintendent who has served in the districts of Arundel, Wells-Ogunquit and, most recently, RSU 38 in Readfield, from which he retired last year after leading the district for 11 years.
He has also served as a director of special services in Richmond and earned degrees from Colby College and the University of Maine.
The Superintendent Search Committee is currently reviewing applications and will know whether they will interview any of the applicants next week. This is the second time the committee has sought applications for the position. None of the first-time applicants fit the characteristics wanted.
Following a second executive session, the board also appointed a new athletic director/assistant principal for Dirigo High School.
Stephen Ouellette of Jay was appointed to fill the position that will be vacated at the end of the year by Chris Moreau, who has resigned to take another position in Florida.
Ouellette has most recently served as athletic director/assistant principal at Gardiner High School.
Ward said his salary will be $79,000 annually.
In other business, the board appointed Ryan Casey as Mountain Valley High School's girls' varsity basketball coach and Adam Curato as that school's golf coach.
Approved was the transfer of guidance counselor Trina Fortin from Mountain Valley Middle School to Mountain Valley High School. She will replace longtime guidance counselor Jim Ippolito, who is retiring at the end of the school year.
Approved was a student dress policy that calls for coverage from the neck to the knees for both boys and girls.
Ward also informed the board he has approved a maternity leave for Lucy Kochis beginning in November, and a materity/paternity leave for Sarah and Zack Thompson effective May 24.
The board accepted the resignations of two special education teachers, effective at the end of the school year: Rose Osborn at Mountain Valley Middle School and Debbie Smith at Rumford Elementary School. Both are retiring.
Other resignations include three staff members from the district’s afterschool program. Longtime Buckfield Junior-Senior High School site coordinators, teachers Annette Caldwell and Gretchen Kimball will resign at the completion of the summer program, and Dirigo Middle School site coordinator Kim Dailey will end duties effective June 3.