RSU 1 hires part-time assistant superintendent

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BATH — Judith Harvey said she looks forward to bringing her skills to Regional School Unit 1 as its new assistant superintendent.

The RSU 1 Board of Directors voted unanimously Monday to hire Harvey. She replaces Wayne Dorr, who was full-time assistant superintendent for a year. Due to budget cuts, Harvey will serve in an 80 percent of full-time capacity.

“I loved the idea of coming into a position where I could work in what has been my love for many years, which would be curriculum instruction,” Harvey, 64, of Hallowell said on Monday. “It’s a good district … everything appealed to me about it.”

The mother of four and grandmother of five said being hired felt “great,” adding that “I really wanted the position. I love the community, and the people that I’ve met here so far are all wonderful. And I hear great things about the teaching staff, and certainly the administrators are really fabulous people. I’m just very excited to be working with such a dynamic group.”

Harvey was superintendent in Thomaston-based School Administrative District 50 from 2002-2009. She has since served as interim superintendent in Hope and Livermore Falls. Prior to her work in SAD 50, Harvey taught a Gifted and Talented program at Wiscasset Middle School from 1993-1998, and then was principal at Hodgkins Middle School in Augusta from 1999-2000.

Harvey was selected from a pool of 15 applicants, Superintendent Patrick Manuel said, adding that the search committee felt she had strength in curriculum instruction and assessment.

Manuel praised Harvey’s “interpersonal skills, her ability to work with people, (and) build relationships, as well as really have a focus on what’s in the best interest of students in their learning.”

Alex Lear can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 113 or Follow him on Twitter: @learics.

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A Maine native and Colby College graduate, Alex has been covering coastal communities since 2001, and currently handles Bath, Topsham, Cumberland, and North Yarmouth. He and his wife, Lauren, live in the Portland area, and Alex recently released his third album of original music.