FARMINGTON — RSU 9 directors have reopened a search for a new superintendent.
Superintendent Mike Cormier, who has served the district for 20 years, is retiring at the end of the school year as of June 30.
Five applications for the position were submitted in December 2012 for the position.
Director Robert Pullo of Wilton, the chairman of the Administrator Evaluation Committee, said the search committee is hoping to get a larger pool of candidates this time around. He gave the update at the school board meeting on Tuesday.
Applications are due on Jan. 22, he said.
The decision to reopen the application process was made in December. The ads went out to newspapers on Jan. 5.
The committee has set aside dates for interviews on Feb. 5, 6, 7 and 11 and if necessary on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, Pullo said.
An orientation session for those planning to be on one of three interview teams is Jan. 31, Director Claire Andrews of Farmington said. During the session, the 30 or so people on the interview teams will learn what questions they can ask and what questions not to ask, she said.
The Maine School Management Association is assisting the school board in its search for a superintendent.
In other business, directors accepted with regret a notice of retirement from Brian Foster, half-time assistant special education director.
Foster has been a very strong asset for the district for many years, Pullo said.