SAD 61: McFarland named Adult & Community Education director

Stephen McFarland has been named the new director of Adult and Community Education for SAD 61.

He replaces Carrie Castonguay who resigned last month.

“I am looking forward to this opportunity,” he told members of the SAD 61 School Board Monday night at Crooked River Adult and Community Education in Casco. “I am excited to be here and ready to work with a great staff. I am very much a team player.”

Previously, McFarland was a workforce education coordinator for RSU 14 in Windham from October 2006 to August 2014.  For 10 years, he was director of Pathways to High Education at the University of Southern Maine.

McFarland graduated from the University of Maine at Orono in 1983 with a bachelor of science in Chemical Engineering and earned his master’s degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Southern Maine in May 2004.

There were eight applicants for the position, and two were interviewed.

In other school board news:

• Richard Merritt has resigned as Sebago’s representative. The verbal resignation was submitted on Aug. 11. He has been replaced by Ben Bowditch, who was in attendance at Monday’s meeting.

• Northeast Delta Dental presented a $2,800 grant to the school district to be used to increase preventative treatment among young children and empower them and their families to practice good oral hygiene.

• Stipend split. The bad news is the Lake Region field hockey program, for the first time in recent memory, is fielding a very limited roster this fall. Just 18 girls are out for the program, thus eliminating the need for a junior varsity squad. Since money was budgeted to pay a JV coach, Athletic Director Paul True requested that the school board allow him to split the money between two other programs — one, to pay the coach of the fall Spirit cheerleading squad (she is currently an unpaid volunteer), which has 17 members; and two, use the other half of the stipend (roughly $1,500) to increase the time of the athletic trainer to meet with athletes who have been injured and are working their way back to play.

Casco Director Phil Shane asked True whether Lake Region might soon follow other schools that employ an athletic trainer on a full-time basis. True responded, “It might be something to explore” at some point — most likely during budget season.

Directors approved the request with one dissenting vote.

• Personnel moves. Directors approved the following personnel matters — Brian Jahna as a Day Treatment Support teacher at Lake Region Middle School, replacing Casey Ashey (there were five applicants, and five were interviewed); Edward Stevens as a Day Treatment Support teacher at Lake Region High School, replacing Tracy Smith who transferred to another position (there were five applicants, and five were interviewed); and Allison Hatfield resigned as a Special Education technician at Stevens Brook Elementary School, effective Sept. 14.

Next meeting: The SAD 61 School Board will hold a workshop meeting on Monday, Sept. 22 at 7 p.m. at Lake Region High School. The next board meeting is Monday, Oct. 6 at Sebago Elementary School at 7 p.m.

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