Superintendent finalists to make pitches

BAR HARBOR — The two finalists for the job of superintendent of the Mount Desert Island Regional School System will tell the school board, in separate public meetings Thursday and Monday, why they are right for the job.

Jose Maldonado-Rivera will speak at a special board meeting at 5 p.m. today, Thursday, March 17, in the MDI High School library. The board will interview him in a closed-door session following his presentation.

The other superintendent candidate, Mike Hammer, will address the MDIRSS board in a special meeting Monday, March 23, also at 5 p.m. in the high school library. The board will then hold an executive session to interview him.

Maldonado-Rivera is scheduled to spend today and Friday visiting several of the schools in the system and talking with teachers, staff and administrators. Hammer is to do the same next Monday and Tuesday.

Charlie Wray, chairman of both the school system board and the superintendent search committee, announced last week that the committee had selected Hammer and Maldonado-Rivera as finalists. They were among six people who submitted applications for the superintendent’s job.

Hammer, who lives in Ellsworth, has served as principal at Hancock Grammar School and Winter Harbor Grammar School. From 2011-2015, he was superintendent of the school district that includes Houlton, Hammond, Littleton and Monticello. He currently has a one-year appointment as interim superintendent of the school district that includes the southern Aroostook County towns of Dyer Brook and Stacyville.

Maldonado-Rivera is founder and head of a magnet school in the Dominican Republic that focuses on science, technology, engineering and math. He also is a consultant to the Puerto Rican Department of Education and the Dominican Republic’s Ministries of Education and Environment.

He was the founding principal and associate scientist at the Columbia School for Math, Science & Engineering, a public high school in New York City, from 2006 to 2010.

The Mount Desert Island Regional School System includes MDI High School and eight elementary schools.

The next superintendent will succeed Howard Colter, who is retiring June 30. Colter served as superintendent from 1992 to 2004 and returned to the post in 2012.

The 15-member superintendent search committee includes five school board members, four teachers, three members of the community at large, two school principals and Julie Meltzer, the school system’s director of curriculum, assessment and instruction.

Dick Broom

Dick Broom

Reporter at Mount Desert Islander
Dick Broom covers the towns of Mount Desert and Southwest Harbor, Mount Desert Island High School and the school system board and superintendent's office. He enjoys hiking with his golden retriever and finding new places for her to swim. [email protected]
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