RSU 16 board names assistant superintendent

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POLAND — The RSU 16 committee on Tuesday hired a new assistant superintendent and filled the district’s newly created business manager position.

Melanie Chasse of Livermore, principal of Meroby Elementary School in Mexico, was named assistant superintendent.

“She is an impressive instructional leader who has a strong understanding of proficiency-based education and the importance of engaging parents and the community in the school,” Superintendent Tina Meserve said.

Chasse’s other strengths that helped her stand out among applicants were the combination of her strong background in educational leadership, technology and behavioral interventions, as well as her experience in facilitating the development of a common assessment system, Meserve said.

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“The entire selection committee agreed that she was an excellent match for us,” committee Chairwoman Mary Martin added.

Chasse, who has served as Meroby’s principal since 2009, began her educational career in 1994 as a teacher at Wilton’s Academy Hill School.

Stacie Field of Poland, who has served as business manager for the Jay-Livermore-Livermore Falls school district since 2006, is returning to her roots.

From 2001 to 2006, Field served as finance director for School Union 29, the predecessor of RSU 16, which also was comprised of Mechanic Falls, Minot and Poland.

Field began her educational career in 1998, serving for three years as financial manager for SAD 39 in Buckfield.

She brings with her extensive knowledge in school finance, human resources and labor law, as well as experience with building projects and contract negotiation, Meserve said.

In other business, the committee approved hiring Fatma Saad to teach Spanish at Poland Regional High School, Jessica Harvey to teach second grade at Elm Street School and Kristie Ferland to teach fifth grade at Poland Community School. The board also accepted the resignation of Wendy Ritchie as RSU 16 finance coordinator.

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