January 9, 2023
Dear Students, Staff, Families, and Community Members,
RSU 16 will welcome Todd Sanders as the next Superintendent on July 1, 2023. Todd is currently in his fourth year as Superintendent of MSAD 58 (Phillips, Avon, Kingfield, and Strong). He brings 34 years of educational experiences including serving in positions of educational technician, teacher, coach, assistant principal, athletic director and principal.
The following is a review of the process and timeline followed to find our next superintendent. At the RSU 16 School Board meeting in September, Ken Healey notified the Board of his intended retirement on June 30, 2023. A committee of six board members and the assistant superintendent was formed to develop and oversee the superintendent selection process. The Superintendent Search Committee included Mary Martin, Jessica Smith, Steve Holbrook, Angela Swenson, Christine Downs, Joe Parent, and Amy Hediger.
As a first step, a community and staff survey was conducted to identify desired qualities and competencies and to gather feedback on important initiatives and priorities. Two hundred and ten people responded to the survey and identified communication, personnel management, and leadership as the most desirable qualities and competencies for the RSU 16 Superintendent. The survey identified staff hiring and retention, school security and safety, and student academic and social emotional needs as priority focus areas for the new superintendent. The general comments from respondents indicated that staff and the community would like a superintendent that is visible, approachable, and supportive and able to build upon current successes and competencies. The survey feedback was used during candidate screening and incorporated into screening interviews.
The RSU 16 Superintendent Search Committee advertised and reviewed nine applications during October and November. On December 15th one-hour screening interviews with two candidates were conducted.
Seven stakeholders joined the Superintendent Search Committee to interview two candidates on January 4. The stakeholders included Michelle Emery (Mechanic Falls), Aubrey Russell Sweatt (Minot), Mary-Beth Taylor (Poland), Shawn Vincent (Administration), Stacie Field (Central Office), D’Arcy Robinson (RSU 16 Education Association) and Holly Day (Special Education).
Reference checks were completed. His references described Todd as a collaborative leader who understands the needs of diverse populations and ensures children and learning are the center of decision making.
Throughout Todd’s interviews, it is evident that he looks forward to learning more about our three communities and all stakeholders and is very excited for this opportunity to join our family!
RSU 16 School Board
Talking with Something to Say
Forensics, not the crime scene kind, the art or study of argumentative discourse and rhetoric, is thriving at Poland Regional High School. The Speech and Debate Team competed recently in the States, the season's grand finale.
The three students that helped with this article all came to the Speech team for different reasons, but they have skills that will take them far. It takes poise and confidence to speak with a stranger. They are learning more about speaking in front of a roomful of people. The Speech and Debate Team has to raise some of its funds to compete.
Senior Hunter Oehme ( say it like “Oh Me”) accidentally came to the Speech and Debate team early. When he was a freshman, the faculty advisor asked him to fill in for an ailing team member; he was hooked. Hunter fell in love with storytelling. Now that this is his last year, he plans to major in theater in college.
Cheyenne Toth, junior, comes to the Speech and Debate team through theater. She fell in love with the community feel of theater. Her specialty is Duo. She and a partner perform a two-person play. Each person has to rely on the other in the performance. Cheyenne plans to go to Colby College and get a teaching degree.
Junior Audrey Fryda took yet another path to forensics; she followed her big sister to the team. Like many little sisters, she wanted to be like big Sis. Once involved with theater, she was excited to stay. Audrey, who also performs in the Duo category, plans to carry her skills to an art degree. Three different YAs with very different futures pending but all with the poise and confidence of future leaders.
How would you like to be a great school bus driver?
Here at RSU 16 we have an experienced team of school transportation professionals that are excellent mentors for those who want to become great school bus drivers. This supportive and collaborative team ensures the safety of our students while being transported to and from school, and for our co-curricular events. Free training is available to help you obtain your Commercial Drivers License (CDL) with all required endorsements. View more information on how to join this extraordinary team, and if you’re the right fit we would love to have you be part of a team where safely transporting students is our #1 priority!
Come join us at RSU 16 and be part of our mission to prepare our students to be successful contributing citizens, able to adapt to change and to successfully respond to the future. Whether you are an educator, administrator, bus driver, nurse, or custodian – we are a team working together keeping our students welfare, safety, and education at the heart of everything we do!
- A current listing of job openings can be found at ServingSchools.com and SchoolSpring.com.
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- For all school openings, please submit a letter of interest, application, resume, transcripts, certification and 3 letters of recommendation to: Regional School Unit #16 (EOE), 3 Aggregate Road, Poland ME 04274
- To obtain the applicable Employment Application form needed - click on the name of the form below:
Check out the district/schools calendar of events. This is our new 'master' calendar and it offers the ability to look at one calendar at a time, or several (click on the 'Select Calendars' button, and then 'Apply Selections.'). For example, those of you who have students in more than one school, simply select the calendars for the school(s) you want to see. You also have the opportunity to see events graphically in a monthly calendar format, or simply as a listing of events.
A tidbit of information about our district 'year-at-a-glance' calendar of holidays, school vacations and in-service days. As you may guess, this involves input from several places before it can be determined. We need to know the LRTC (Lewiston Regional Technical College) class schedule so that our students attending those classes are available on the same days. Our administrative team meets to look at activities planned for the year, such as teacher training days (inservice); holidays; spring and winter breaks, etc., to come up with a calendar that provides the mandated 175 days of school for students. It's an interesting (and sometimes lengthy) process how it all comes together!
Central Office Staff
Where do the policies come from?
The Maine School Management Association, located in Augusta, provides all schools in the state of maine with school policies. The policies and direction of the Maine School Management Association are established by the MSMA Action and Policy Committees. You can click on the link if you would like more information.
We organize our policies by section, as seen by clicking on the link below. Click on the grouping to take you to a drill-down of the policies within that group. If you have any questions or feedback on a policy, please fill out and submit the form at the right side of this section. We do appreciate your feedback and questions. Thank you!
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