Category Archives: Sagadahoc County

Commissioner to speak at Merrymeeting Adult Ed graduation

TOPSHAM – Maine’s Education Commissioner will celebrate the 57 students who have earned their high school degree at the Merrymeeting Adult Education graduation this Tuesday.

Commissioner Jim Rier, who lives in Topsham where the program is based, will join Class of 2014 student speakers Kylie Patterson and Precene Louis, SAD 75 Superintendent Bradley Smith, Brunswick School District Superintendent Paul Perzanowski and Merrymeeting Adult Education Director Diana McCain in delivering remarks at the ceremony. Continue reading

State Board supports Governor LePage’s candidate for Education Commissioner

AUGUSTA –The State Board of Education says they support Governor Paul R. LePage’s proposed Education Commissioner, following an interview with the candidate today.

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Governor LePage asks State Education Board to review Commissioner candidate

Portrait of Jim Rier, ActingAUGUSTA – Governor Paul R. LePage announced today that he hopes to make his Acting Education Commissioner permanent.

In a letter sent Monday morning to the State Board of Education, Governor LePage said he intends to nominate Jim Rier, of Topsham, to be Commissioner of the Maine Department of Education, pending that 10-member board’s evaluation of the candidate.

While most gubernatorial Commissioner appointments go directly to the legislative committee of jurisdiction, State statute requires the Governor’s nomination for Education Commissioner be interviewed by the State Board of Education, which is currently chaired by Nancy Perkins, of Cornish.

The State Board is expected to interview Acting Commissioner Rier at its next regular meeting on Jan. 15, something traditionally done in executive session. The Chair will then deliver the Board’s written appraisal of the strengths and weaknesses of the candidate within 10 days to the Governor, who will consider the feedback before formally posting the nomination for the Legislature’s consideration.

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Topsham school recognized for high student performance

This week, the Department was proud to announce that one of the Maine schools we had nominated had been selected as a National Blue Ribbon School.

The Williams-Cone School in Topsham was one of 236 public schools nationwide named by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan into this prestigious program that recognizes schools where students perform at very high levels or show significant improvements in closing achievement gaps.

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Topsham elementary named National Blue Ribbon School

TOPSHAM – An elementary school in Topsham that has seen double-digit increases over the last five years in the percentage of its students deemed proficient is Maine’s National Blue Ribbon School.

The Williams-Cone School in RSU 75 was one of 236 public schools across the country named this morning by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan into the prestigious program that recognizes schools where students perform at very high levels or show significant improvements in closing achievement gaps.

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Science specialist explains Next Gen Science Standards

The Maine DOE’s Science and Technology Specialist Anita Bernhardt will conduct a two-hour informational session for educators to learn about the Next Generation Science Standards, hosted by MSAD 75. Continue reading

SAD 75 health coordinator receives national honor

Special thanks to The Times Record for sharing this article, written by staff reporter Darcie Moore, with the Maine DOE for publication.

Mary Booth, the full-time school health coordinator for SAD 75, was recognized by the American School Health Association as the 2012 School Health Coordinator of the Year.

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High school students compete in international science fair

Meagan Currie of Greely High School took first place at the Maine State Science Fair with her project on oxygen production.

Meagan Currie of Greely High School took first place at the Maine State Science Fair with her project on oxygen production.

For the first time ever, students from Maine competed in the prestigious Intel International Science and Engineering Fair held this year in Pittsburgh, Penn. Meagan Currie of Greely High School in Cumberland and Sam Wood of Mt. Ararat High School in Topsham traveled with their teacher/mentors and parents to represent Maine at this competition.

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Physical Ed teachers honored at conference

The Maine Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance recognized the 2011 Physical Education Teachers of the Year at the group’s 66th annual conference in November.

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Chinese guest teachers meet with LePage

Three teachers from China who will teach Mandarin language and Chinese culture classes in Maine schools during the 2011-12 school year met with Gov. Paul LePage on Aug. 22 as part of a daylong orientation to their new jobs.

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