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LePage nominates Hasson for DOE Commissioner – March 16, 2017

Gov. Paul LePage has announced he will be recommending the appointment of Acting Commissioner Robert Hasson to the position of permanent commissioner – a position both the Maine School Boards Association and Maine School Superintendents Association have been advocating be filled.

Dr. Hasson, a former superintendent, already has appeared before the State Board of Education, as required by law, and his nomination will go next to the Education Committee. Ultimately his appointment must be approved by the full Senate.

“We are pleased the governor has finally recommended a permanent commissioner and one with background as a superintendent,” said MSSA President Steve Bailey. “Superintendents rely on the Department of Education to do their work in the districts and the uncertainty around that appointment and the chain of command in the department was counter-productive.”

School boards at their annual Delegate Assembly last fall passed a resolution calling on the governor to make an appointment, noting that without a permanent commissioner there was no official leader to articulate education policy and direction in the state.

“It has been a long time since Maine has had a permanent Commissioner of Education,” said MSBA President Becky Fles. “It is an important position and one that should be designed to support the work being done by administrators, boards, teachers and other school staff around the state.”

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