Maine Charter School Commission seeks new member

AUGUSTA – The Maine Charter School Commission is seeking candidates interested in replacing outgoing member Dr. Richard Barnes. Barnes is not seeking reappointment to the Commission, which consists of seven members appointed by the Maine State Board of Education.

The Maine State Charter School Commission mission is to provide thoughtful stewardship in authorizing and monitoring public charter schools consistent with State statutes to create unique, high-quality learning options for Maine students.

The Commission seeks candidates who share in this mission and in particular, is looking for a new member who has the following qualities:

  • Well-connected in the Maine education community;
  • A background in teaching and educational administration at the K-12 and higher-education level in Maine;
  • Experience with educational research on the state and national level;
  • The willingness and availability to be a hands-on, working Commission member;
  • A commitment to attend Commission meetings (i.e.: one day per month for the Commission’s regular business meeting; plus a minimum of two or three subcommittee meetings per month for review of Rules, Monitoring Process, RFP Development, RFP-Application Reviews, Public Interviews and Public Hearings, Site Visits, Working with the Legislature. In the last fiscal year, these totaled approximately 67 meetings);
  • Availability to work with staff with the development of related documents.

Persons interested in serving on the Commission should mail a letter of interest and a current resume to: Maine Charter School Commission 182 State House Station Augusta ME  04333-0182 or hand deliver it to 111 Sewall Street 5th Floor, Augusta.Letters must be received by the close of business on July 22.  In the letter, applicants should describe how their experience and strengths will match the need for the open position on the Commission.  For more information, contact Bob Kautz at (207) 626-6728 or

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