South Portland schools chief receives state award

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SOUTH PORTLAND — Superintendent of Schools Suzanne Godin was named superintendent of the year by her peers at a recent meeting in Augusta.

She received the award on Oct. 26 at a meeting of the Maine School Superintendents Association. Godin received the award because of her commitment to student achievement and efforts to involve the community at large in the school system, according to a news release.

“I believe this is recognition of the good work our students, teachers, administrators and Board have been doing to support achievement in South Portland,” Godin said in the release.

The superintendent was a supporter of the $44 million high school renovation proposal approved by voters last year. That project is slated to go out to bid by the end of the year.

In the past year, Godin has overseen the expansion of a program that puts computers, whether tablet or laptop, in the hands of the city’s sixth-graders. She has also presided over the implementation of a project-based learning curriculum at Kaler Elementary School.

But Godin said she is most proud of her efforts to develop adult education and preschool programming. The school district hopes preschool can be offered to all pre-K students by 2015.

“I feel these two programs were in response to community needs. Both are serving populations of our community that are looking to better prepare themselves through education,” Godin said.

Godin was chosen for the award by a committee that included former award recipients, Maine School Superintendents Association officers, and presidents of Maine’s superintendent regions.

Godin was assistant superintendent in South Portland before being named superintendent. Before that, she was a principal in School Administrative District 51, serving Cumberland and North Yarmouth. She is secretary of the Maine School Superintendents, president of the Casco Bay Educational Alliance and legislative liaison for the Cumberland County Superintendents Association.

Mario Moretto can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 106 or mmoretto@theforecaster.net. Follow him on Twitter: @riocarmine.

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