Thursday, June 21, 2012

Laux hired as interim SAD 53 superintendent

  PITTSFIELD – The School Administrative District 53 Board of Directors has hired Jan Laux of Pittsfield as interim superintendent, following a second round of applications and interviews for the permanent position.
Jan Laux (File photo)

  Laux has served on the Board of Directors since November 2008, but has resigned effective immediately, Board Chairman Paul Williams said Wednesday.
  Superintendent Michael Gallagher is retiring effective June 30, and started taking his accrued vacation time on June 19.
  Laux, 65, said that while he has agreed to stay on for as long as 15 months, “It’s not something we’re locked into. If they find a replacement for Mike (Gallagher) sooner, that’s fine with me.”

  The Board of Directors has agreed to pay Laux $250 per day, four days a week for up to 200 days. “So this way, the district is saving money and I’m comfortable with the arrangement,”’ Laux added. Gallagher’s salary for the current school year is $95,780.
  Laux has been assistant principal of Mount Blue High School in Farmington, principal of Mount Blue Junior High, superintendent of Livermore Falls-area SAD 36, assistant commissioner of the Maine Department of Education and superintendent of SAD 41 in Milo.
  For the past two years, he was vice-president of Hometown Newspapers LLC, a chain of three free weeklies which ceased publication in April.
   Laux said that the major advantage of having him on board is his familiarity with the district. “There’s a lot going on right now, and it would be harder for someone to come in on an interim basis who really doesn’t know the district,” Laux said.
  Voters recently passed the new $10.14 million school budget which included enough funds to upgrade the two part-time assistant principals’ positions in the elementary and junior high schools to full-time.
  Warsaw Middle School will also start the Expeditionary Learning program in the fall, which uses more hands-on training to create reports and artwork based on what students have learned.
  “There are a lot of positive things going on in the district, and we need to continue moving in that direction,” said Laux.
  Williams said that Laux is meeting with the district administrators this week.

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