Former RSU 20 assistant superintendent tapped to lead Rockland school district

By Kim Lincoln | Jul 11, 2014
Photo by: Dan West Former Regional School Unit 20 Assistant Superintendent John McDonald was hired as the new superintendent of RSU 13.

Belfast's Regional School Unit 20 assistant superintendent has been hired as the new superintendent in RSU 13.

The RSU 13 board appointed John C. McDonald to a two-year contract at its July 10 meeting.

McDonald will be paid $104,000, plus benefits. He will begin the job Aug. 1.

McDonald, a graduate of both the University of Maine and University of Southern Maine, has worked his entire professional career in Waldo County, working in RSU 3, which includes the towns of Brooks, Freedom, Jackson, Knox, Liberty, Monroe, Montville, Thorndike, Troy, Unity and in the RSU 20 district, which includes Belmont, Belfast, Morrill, Northport, Searsmont, Searsport, Stockton Springs and Swanville.

He has served since 2009 as the assistant superintendent and director of curriculum and instruction for RSU 20, but has also been the assistant principal of Troy Howard Middle School in Belfast, principal and a teacher at Monroe Elementary School, director of technology and assessment at Morse Memorial School in Brooks.

McDonald has a master's degree in educational leadership.

McDonald will work alongside Interim Superintendent Leon Levesque for two weeks (until Aug. 12). Levesque began in the district July 1, replacing Interim Superintendent Michael Wilhelm, who worked for the district from February to June, following the resignation of Superintendent Lew Collins.

Board of Directors chair Tony Bagley said McDonald notified him Thursday, July 10, that he accepted the position as superintendent of RSU 13. Bagley said he then notified board members about McDonald's hiring, but at this time the district has not yet begun the process of hiring a replacement.

Republican Journal reporter Ben Holbrook contributed reporting to this story.

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