Following an executive session that spanned nearly 90 minutes, the RSU 20 board of directors voted unanimously to extend the contract of Superintendent Bruce Mailloux for another year.

The board made that decision during its regular meeting Tuesday, Dec. 14.

Directors moved swiftly through a fairly light agenda and entered the executive session to discuss Mailloux’s evaluation at 6:50 p.m. The board re-opened the meeting to the public at about 8:20 p.m.

Director Debora Riley made the motion to extend Mailloux’s contract for a year, but the motion also carried a condition. The condition was that Mailloux undergo an evaluation every three months to assess the progress being made on goals and associated timelines that Mailloux and the board arrived at jointly. The motion also included a notation that the details of Mailloux’s contract are to be established, because they will have to be negotiated.

All 14 of the directors who were present at the meeting voted in favor of Mailloux’s contract extension.

Mailloux started his role as acting superintendent for SAD 34 in the spring of 2006, in the midst of the firestorm surrounding a deficit that was in excess of $800,000. The debt was eliminated within a year, but then Mailloux faced a new challenge — the state-mandated school consolidation. Mailloux remained on board as the superintendent when SADs 34 and 56 officially merged more than a year ago.

Following the board’s decision, Mailloux said it felt good to be on board for the coming year, and he plans to keep the district moving ahead.

“I think it’s fair to say there are a lot of challenges facing the district, and I think we have a board that is ready to work on those challenges,” he said.