Portland interim school chief picks new administrators

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PORTLAND — Interim Superintendent of Schools Jeanne Crocker has appointed three top administrators.

At the Aug. 4 School Board meeting, Crocker announced Becky Foley as chief academic officer, Fred Barlow as director of transportation, and Nancy Kimberly Brandt, director of school management.

Foley, who holds a master’s degree in educational administration from the University of Southern Maine, was previously the assistant superintendent of School Administrative District 52, which serves Turner, Leeds and Greene. She also spent 13 years as a principal and assistant principal at schools in North Yarmouth and Turner.

David Galin formerly held the position of chief academic officer.

Brandt was the assistant superintendent the past two years in Regional School Unit 16, which serves Poland, Minot and Mechanic Falls. Before that she was principal of Greely Middle School for 14 years, where she was named the 2012 Maine Middle School Principal of the Year.

Brandt, who holds a master’s degree in intercultural communication and a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Maryland Baltimore County, is taking over the position Crocker held before being named interim superintendent. Crocker was named interim superintendent on July 7, after former Superintendent Emmanuel Caulk accepted a job in Lexington, Kentucky.

Barlow directed transportation for the Wheatland Chili and East Ramapo school districts in New York. He most recently led a terminal for Durham School Services in Rochester, New York. Additionally, he also managed New York University’s transportation system.

He has a master’s degree in business administration from the State University of New York at Albany.

Barlow replaces Dorothy Muchmore, who was appointed by Caulk in March.

Crocker also formally appointed Rene Bourgoine-Serio as teacher leader of the Peaks Island and Cliff Island elementary schools. She has been with district since 1990, and recently worked at the Ocean Avenue Elementary School. She holds a master’s degree in ESL from USM.

Colin Ellis can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 123 or cellis@theforecaster.net. Follow him on Twitter: @colinoellis.

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Portland interim Superintendent of Schools Jeanne Crocker.

Reporter covering the Portland Public School District as well as the town of Falmouth for The Forecaster. Can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 123 or cellis@theforecaster.net.