Cape Elizabeth schools hire new director of instructional support

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CAPE ELIZABETH — The School Board hired a new director of instructional support on Tuesday, June 14.

Jane Golding, former director of instructional support in Yarmouth, will take over for Dominic DePatsy when he leaves for Regional School Unit 5 on June 30.

DePatsy served as the director of instructional support for five years and will serve in the same capacity in the Freeport-Pownal-Durham district.

Interim Superintendent of Schools Ken Murphy said Golding has 20 years of experience. He said he worked with Golding for 10 years in Yarmouth, where he was the superintendent and she was the director of instructional support.

“Jane’s experience is so extensive, she’ll be able to take on some responsibilities in addition to special education,” Murphy said.

A 14-member committee of teachers, parents, board members and administrators vetted four “top-notch” applicants, Murphy said. 

Golding has taught kindergarten through 12th grade, college courses and served as chairwoman of the School Board in her community, Murphy said. She most recently worked as the director of targeted support for the District of Columbia Public School System, and previously as the director of instructional support in Yarmouth and Portland.

“She is bright and articulate and I think she will be an asset to the community,” board member Kim Monaghan-Derrig said.

In other business, the board will consider the elimination of mandatory physical examinations for all students and revise the policy to include physical exams for student athletes.

The current policy requires physical exams of student athletes and all students beginning kindergarten, and grades 7, 9 and 11.

Murphy said it was unusual to have a policy that required all students to have a physical. He said requiring all students, not just student athletes, to have a physical exam is a “bit of an overreach.”

“Any policy that can’t be enforced is probably not effective,” he said.  

The board also approved polices governing electronic signatures for parent forms, updated versions of fundraising policies and procedures, and amended the policy for public speaking at board meetings.

The public-speaking policy now requires one-week notification of intention to speak on items not on the agenda. Board member David Hillman said the revision is not meant to “shut down public participation,” but is designed to allow the board to be better prepared to answer the public’s questions.

Amy Anderson can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 110 or Follow her on Twitter: @amy_k_anderson.