3 Aggregate Road, Poland, ME 04274
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Meet the Board

Photo of Mary Martin, RSU 16 School Board ChairMary Martin

School Board Chair (2019)


Mary Martin was appointed to the RSU 16 School Board in 2012, reelected in 2013 and 2016, and currently serves as chair of the RSU 16 School Board.  She is an active member of the Tri-Town Optimist Club and serves as chair of The Ecology School Board, which provides environmental education to students throughout New England.

Mary and her husband are long-time residents of Mechanic Falls and have two adult daughters.  She attended Elm Street School and Edward Little High School. She earned a Bachelor of Science in elementary education and a Master of Science in literacy from the University of Southern Maine.  She began her professional career in Oxford Hills (SAD 17) as a literacy specialist and classroom teacher.  From 1984-1997, Mary taught grade 2 and multi-grade classrooms at Elm Street and then enjoyed 14 years as principal of Elm Street School. In 2005 she was honored as Maine Principal of the Year and served in various leadership positions, including President, in the Maine Principals’ Association from 2007 to retirement in 2011.

"I believe that education is the key to a bright future and that strong schools make strong communities.  Since retirement membership on the RSU 16 School Board has allowed me to serve the students and families in our three communities. I am proud to represent a district that is truly committed to excellence and doing what is best for all students.  My children and I continue to reap the benefits of our time at Elm Street School and I am very pleased that my three grandchildren have the opportunity to be educated in RSU 16.”


Joe Parent

School Board Vice Chair (2020)


Joe Parent was elected to the RSU 16 Board of Directors in 2017, and currently serves as Vice Chair and leads the Educational Policy committee. He began his school board service in 1997, serving as a member of the Mechanic Falls board. In his time there, he served as board chair for a year and was elected Union 29 board chair. After spending a period of time supporting his kids' activities, he once again served a term for the RSU 16 school board (2011 - 2014) as a resident of Poland.
Joe graduated from USM with a degree in English, with an aim to becoming a high school teacher. Fiscal realities caused him to make other career choices, though he has never lost his desire to educate and develop others. He has worked in the Organizational Development field at various organizations for the past 30 years, and has his own consultancy where he focuses his energy on helping leaders get better results.
Joe and his wife of over 25 years, Deb, live in Poland, where the youngest of their three children is about to graduate from Poland Regional High School. They have been fortunate to have had many great educators guiding, teaching, and supporting their kids over the years.


Norm Beauparlant

School Board Member (2021)


Norman Beauparlant was elected to the RSU 16 School Board in 2018. He also currently serves as Chairman of the Androscoggin County Budget Committee.

He has been an active community member serving on various boards and committees including the Poland Planning board, Poland Budget Committee, High School planning Committee, High School building committee as the Poland Charter Commission and as a board member. He is on the Personnel & Finance subcommittee as well as the Middle School construction oversight committee.

Norman Graduated from Bentley College in 1971 with a Bachelor’s Degree with a major in accounting.  He recently retired from the City of Lewiston after 44 years in the Finance Department serving as the city Purchasing Director for 38 years.

Norman and his wife Barbara have lived in Poland for 41 years and they have one son and two granddaughters.


Norm Davis

School Board Member (2021)


Norm first served on the Building Committee for Poland Regional High/Whittier Middle School. He also served on building committees for the addition to PCS and the current RSU 16 Central Office. Norm was elected  to the Poland School Board in 1999.  After serving for 12 years and during the transition to the current RSU16, he left to serve on the Poland Planning Board and the Poland Community Economic and Development Committee.  In 2015 he was appointed to the RSU 16 board, to fill an unfilled position on the board and re-elected in 2016 and again in 2018. His current term runs until 2021.

Norm grew up in Auburn and graduated from Edward Little High School.  He studied at Clemson University and the University of Maine.  He spent his career in the building materials industry, real estate, and accounting. He formerly served as a Director of the National Brick Institute.  

Norm is the recipient of an award from the Maine Department of Education working with children at risk.  Also Poland awarded him the Community Service award. He has volunteered in another school district for many years with the band programs. He continues to be involved with Special Olympics and has a special interest in vocational ed and special needs kids.


Photo of Laura Hemond, RSU 16 School Board MemberLaura Hemond

School Board Member (2019)


Laura Hemond has lived in Minot all her life, attending Minot Consolidated School when it was initially a 1-8 school, where there was one class per grade level and classmates remained relatively the same until graduating.

Laura attended Hebron Academy due in part that Union 29 (Minot, Mechanic Falls & Poland) did not have a high school.  As a high school student, she remembered being interviewed, along with fellow Union 29 classmates attending Hebron, about what would be needed to establish a ‘well-rounded’, ‘well-functioning’ high school for the three towns.

Since graduating from the University of Maine at Farmington, Laura has been a teacher in the Auburn School Department for over 20 years.  During her time as an educator, Laura has taught third and fourth grades, where she also served as team leader, has served on curriculum committees, been a mentor for new teachers, and has earned her GT (gifted & talented) endorsement, which she currently uses in her role as consulting GT teacher for two elementary schools in Auburn.

When it comes to being a member of RSU 16’s school board, Laura felt it was time to give back to the community that had initially inspired her love of learning and directed her career path.  She’ll be the first to say she has a lot to learn being on this side of education, but then again, she’ll also say that becoming involved is one of the best ways to learn, question, and ultimately support the needs of first and foremost, the students, but also the community as a whole.


Travis Ritchie

School Board Member (2021)


Travis Ritchie was elected to the RSU 16 school board in 2018. He grew up in South Paris, Maine and graduated from Oxford Hills in 2001. He holds a bachelor's degree in Space Studies from American Military University where he focused on ways to produce food in the spacecraft environment for long-duration spaceflight. Travis has worked in the automotive industry for over a decade, but is currently an Educational Technician III/BHP at Geiger Elementary School.


Gavin Bourgoin

School Board Student Representative


Gavin Bourgoin is a member of the PRHS Class of 2019. He is involved with the Student Representative Board where he has served as his class President for three years, and one year as class secretary. Gavin enjoys writing in his academics and photography in his free time. After high school, he hopes to pursue a career in Business with a concentration in Marketing. Gavin joined the school board to learn more about school policy and to give a student perspective for the school board. 


Lily Cote-Powell

School Board Student Representative


Lily Cote-Powell is a PRHS student and will graduate in 2020. She is a part of the Student Representative Body, as the Vice President of the Junior class. She also participates in Safe Passage. Her favorite classes are any focusing on History or the Social Sciences in general. She joined the School Board because she enjoys learning about the political process and jumped at the opportunity to be a part of it.