LIVERMORE FALLS — The RSU 73 board unanimously appointed Kenneth Healey as superintendent Thursday night.

Healey, the principal at Lisbon High School, will begin his duties July 1.

The board also received the resignation of Livermore Elementary School Principal Robert Kahler, who is leaving to become principal of Lisbon Community School.

This is Healey’s first superintendency. He has been principal at Lisbon for 11 years. He was assistant principal at Westbrook High School for five years and served in the U.S. Marines for 21 years, earning the rank of captain.

Healey was chosen from a pool of eight candidates.

He earned his bachelor of arts degree in political science and master of arts degree  in public policy from the University of Southern Maine. He is certified as an administrator with the Maine Department of Education.

He said he applied to RSU 73 because it is very much like the Lisbon area.

RSU 73 member towns are Jay, Livermore and Livermore Falls.

“I look forward to the challenges we face and look forward to getting to know everyone,” he said.

Healey, 56, has lived in Maine for 16 years. He is originally from Danvers, Mass. His wife, Delma, works at Norway Savings Bank and his daughter works at the University of Notre Dame.

The family lives in Gorham. Healey said he expects to relocate in the future.

“I will try to get here early to make contacts with business and community leaders as well as with the staff,” he said.

Healy succeeds Robert Wall, who is retiring June 30. Wall has led the district for three years. Prior to that he was superintendent of the Jay School Department for several years.

Kahler’s resignation is effective at the end of the school year. The Lisbon school has an enrollment of 630 prekindergarten through fifth-grade pupils.

The Lisbon Falls resident has been principal at Livermore for three years. Prior to that, he was principal of the now-closed Livermore Falls Middle School for one year.

The board also accepted the resignation of longtime guidance counselor Susanne Spaulding and Spruce Mountain Middle School educational technician Theresa Blais, who are retiring.

The board appointed Daniel LaBonte as Livermore Elementary School drama adviser, Willie Brown as Spruce Mountain High School junior varsity boys’ soccer coach and Michael Lance as high school junior varsity football coach.

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