New superintendent to get same salary

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OXFORD — The Oxford Hills School District Board of Directors unanimously voted Monday to continue the contract conditions of outgoing Superintendent Mark Eastman to apply to his successor.

Assistant Superintendent Rick Colpitts will replace Eastman, who is leaving the position after holding it for 15 years. Colpitts will assume the superintendent’s duties on July 1.

After a brief executive session, the board approved a three-year contract identical to the one Eastman has held. Colpitts will receive an annual salary of $103,000, the same as Eastman is currently paid. Director Curtis Cole of Paris said this will be the fourth year the superintendent’s salary has been frozen at that level.

“As superintendents go, it is near the bottom,” Cole said. “And it is at the bottom for districts with 3,000 students or more.”

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The $103,000 superintendent’s salary was included in a $34 million fiscal year budget approved by the Board of Directors. It also budgets $22,628 for benefits related to the position. These include health, dental, life, and disability insurance, as well as $6,000 for a car allowance. Cole said Colpitts will be given an annual educational allowance of $6,100 toward his continuing effort to earn a doctorate.

Colpitts was formerly the superintendent of SAD 39 in Buckfield. He chose not to apply for the position after that district merged with SADs 43 in Rumford and 21 in Dixfield to form the Western Foothills Regional School Unit 10. Last year, the Oxford Hills School District hired Colpitts as assistant superintendent at an $83,000 annual salary.

Colpitts, who lives in Peru, began working with the district full-time as part of a restructuring plan approved last year to save $35,000 in the central office. Eastman said at that time that the plan included having an experienced person in the central office after his retirement whether or not Colpitts chose to apply for his position.

Colpitts also formerly worked as the principal of the Hartford-Sumner Elementary School, the principal of the Crescent Park Elementary School in Bethel, and the director of elementary education in SAD 44.

mlangeveld@sunjournal.com

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