New Portland school chief named

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PORTLAND — The School Board will vote Tuesday to hire Xavier Botana as the next superintendent of schools.

Botana comes to the district from Michigan City Area Schools in Indiana, where he has been an associate superintendent since 2010. Botana, 53, will take over the post July 1, replacing interim superintendent Jeanne Crocker. The position became available last summer, when Emmanuel Caulk resigned to become superintendent of schools for Fayette County Public Schools in Lexington, Kentucky.

The district used the firm BWP & Associates to help conduct a national search, during which 41 candidates applied. Botana and Teresa Lance of Colorado Springs, Colorado were announced as the finalists earlier this month. Botana visited the district May 2 and held a community forum at Casco Bay High School that night.

School Board Chairwoman Marnie Morrione and board member Jenna Vendil, who were both on the superintendent search committee, visited Botana’s district, where they interviewed board members, principals, union leaders, parents and community partners about Botana.

“Based on Mr. Botana’s experience, credentials, and the transformative work he has accomplished in a district similar to our own, we believe there is much he can bring to our school system that can make it even better,” Morrione said in a press release.

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