Superintendent Submits Resignation

By Kaileigh Deacon

 

The Calais School Committee met on Tuesday in the Calais Middle/High School Library. Due to a topic not on the agenda, the Committee started with the new business after the consent agenda was approved. 

The first item on the agenda was a presentation by the group of kids that went to Washington D.C back in December. The group of students consisted of two high school students, one middle school student, a Calais elementary student, and a teacher from the Calais Elementary school. The group went to participate in the Wreaths Across America program which lays wreaths on the tombstones at Arlington National Cemetery. The students also shared with everyone all the other historic and educational sites they visited while in the Washington D.C. area. 

The School Committee then recognized two students from the Calais Elementary School who received Future of Maine scholarships. The students were required to write letters on what they wanted to do with their futures and what the scholarship would mean to achieving that goal. Shane Delmonaco read the letter he wrote. 

Next the Committee recognized Patsy Beckett for receiving the Teacher of the Year from the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Mrs. Beckett has been a teacher at the Calais Elementary School for thirty-seven years. 

Carter: There was something that recently happened in the community and a family was left basically without any support and they have inherited Patsy. When Patsy shows up she’s in charge. [. . .] She has been a support system for this family who barely speaks English from a foreign country without absolutely any other support system, and for that I can’t thank her enough. And I’m sure she’s done more of that over the years. 

Also on the agenda was the review and acting on the Trash Bids for the School System. There were three bids given to the committee for review. The school’s current trash removal contract expires on the first of February. After a review of the bids the school committee decided to proceed with the lowest bidder, Cilley’s Downeast¸ who provided they supply the superintendent with proof of liability insurance and the other necessary documentation. 

Before moving on from the new business the committee approved the first reading of four school committee policies, hired Darcey Gillespie as an Ed Tech III at the Calais Day Treatment, and approved overnight trips for both the Academic Decathlon and the high school Cheerleaders. 

With the changed agenda the Committee then opened the floor for public participation where the community was able to voice their opinions. Typically this portion of the agenda is reserved for input only on current agenda items but the committee broadened it to include the emergency executive session that was held on Wednesday, January 14. 

The final item of the evening was the Superintendent’s report. It was here that the current Superintendent Robert Moholland submitted his resignation as Superintendent as of July 1, 2015.

Moholland: Due to personal reasons, my wife and I have decided that it would be in the best interest of our family to resign.

While he will no longer be the Superintendent, Mr. Moholland will still continue to fulfill his role as the director at the St. Croix Regional Technical Center for the remainder of his contract. 

 

The next school committee meeting will take place on February 3, at 6:00 p.m. in the Calais Middle/High School Library.