2015-03-27 / Community

RSU 21 taps assistant superintendent

Phil Potenziano Phil Potenziano In a Monday press release, RSU 21 Superintendent-elect Kathryn Hawes announced the district has found the person to take over her job when she steps up to the big chair July 1.

“We are pleased to nominate Dr. Phil Potenziano for the position of Assistant Superintendent,” Hawes wrote. An official vote to offer the position to Potenziano is expected at the April 6 school board meeting.

Potenziano, who lives in North Yarmouth with his wife Karen – a clinician in the Portland school system – and their three children, comes to RSU 21 with a background in special education.

For the past 14 years he has worked as director of special services, most recently in RSU 14 (Windham and Raymond), and RSU 6 (Bonny Eagle). Prior to that, he logged eight years as a teacher and educational consultant. Potenziano’s resume also boasts time as staff assistant for Sen. George J. Mitchell, and for Martha S. Pope, U.S. Senate sergeant at arms.

Potenziano holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maine Farmington, a master’s from the University of New Mexico, and a certificate of advanced study from the University of Southern Maine.

He earned his doctorate in educational leadership from Boston College with a dissertation entitled, “Opportunity to Learn: The Role of Structures and Routines in Understanding and Addressing Educational Inequities.”

“It is clear that the RSU 21 school dis- trict is an innovative system that is committed to preparing students to succeed in an ever-changing global environment,” Potenziano said, when asked what led him to apply for the district’s No. 2 post.

“I am ready to be a collaborative member of the administrative team and look forward to working with students, staff, parents and community members,” he said.

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