One candidate applies for SAD 6 top job

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The MSAD 6 School Board Monday names a search committee to recommend a candidate for the superintendent's position.

BUXTON — A search committee newly named to recommend a choice for the superintendent job at Maine School Administrative District 6 was expected to start interviewing candidates next week and make a final recommendation on March 6.

But at midday Wednesday, only one application had been received with just hours to go before the deadline for filing.

The district has been operating for months with an interim superintendent at the helm.

Lester Harmon of Hollis, chairman of the SAD 6 school board, in a board meeting Monday read a list of names assigned to the Search Committee that now numbers 16.

“There will be a recommendation to this board on March 6,” Harmon said Monday.

The Search Committee includes six members from the School Board, four district employees, and community members.  SAD 6 includes the towns of Buxton, Frye Island, Hollis, Limington and Standish.

The board posted the superintendent’s position internally last month. The Search Committee was to meet in private at 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 8 after the American Journal deadline. Harmon said the committee would review applications.

The board advertised internally for a superintendent. Paul Penna, formerly Bonny Eagle High School principal, in August was appointed interim superintendent. Penna followed Assistant Superintendent Michael “Mick” Roy, who had agreed to take the job temporarily following the resignation of Frank Sherburne.

The fulltime superintendent’s position has been unfilled since Sherburne resigned last spring amid allegations that the district’s nepotism policy had been violated after the district hired his son, Zachariah Sherburne, as an educational technician at Buxton Center Elementary School.

After his employment ended at SAD-6, Zachariah Sherburne faced sex charges involving a 16-year old girl in another school district where he previously had worked. But the charges were dismissed.

The School Board produced a survey so parents, school staff and others could weigh in on qualifications and expectations for a new superintendent. The board also hired the Maine School Management Association to help guide the search process. Elaine Tomaszewski, associate executive director of the association, Tuesday described the role of the search committee as an advisory one.

“They will review applications, review the survey results, develop questions for first and second round of interviews, participate in the interview process and as a committee, make a recommendation to the full School Board who will then complete the process,” Tomaszewski said////early this week.////

The School Board would meet privately behind closed doors to discuss a recommendation before taking any public vote to name a successful candidate.

Robert Lowell can be reached at 854-2577 or rlowell@keepmecurrent.com

The MSAD 6 School Board Monday names a search committee to recommend a candidate for the superintendent’s position.