Welcome to Regional School Unit 13

Dear Staff:

Please find agendas below for: New Staff Orientation, Power School Training and the Opening Day In-Service.  If you have questions, please contact YOUR PRINCIPAL or YOUR SUPERVISOR.
New Staff Orientation
Power School Training
Opening Day In-Service

I am looking forward to see you all on opening day!


John C. McDonald
Superintendent of Schools


*SAVE THE DATE - September 10th (UPDATED)*

 We are extending an open invitation for all municipal leaders in member towns in RSU 13 to attend a Summit on Our Schools, September 10, 2015, at a place and time to be determined, and join with us in visioning the “Schools of Our Future”. 

During the 2015-2016 school year, RSU 13 will be planning, setting goals, and proposing actions on curriculum, programming, school configurations and facilities in order to create the best and most efficient learning environment possible for all of our students. We would like to partner with our municipalities and local related and interested organizations to help create what will become a road map to educational excellence for all. We wish to provide education at a level that ensures fewer of our children face a future where lack defines their circumstances and where they are equipped to create the success in life they desire. In partnering with our member towns, we intend to plan our future educational system based on community aspirations and growth in the economic development of our Region. We will be making decisions that will have profound effects on the quality and cost of education in our region.

If, as a community leader, you would like to be part of this initiative, and work with us to make our schools and communities stronger, please contact the Office of the Superintendent and reserve the tentative date of the Schools of Our Future Summit. We will look forward to your involvement in this exciting work!

John C. McDonald
Superintendent of Schools


Future of Schools in RSU 13

We would like to have community input into the future of schools in RSU 13. Below is a brief survey that will allow you to respond to some essential questions affecting schools in our Region. We value your opinions. Your responses are confidential. Thank you.


RSU 13 Mathematics Program Audit
Report Release Spring 2013
In the 2012 school year, and as RSU 13 entered its third year of consolidation, evidence of inconsistent mathematics achievement continued to be seen across the district’s schools and grade spans. Data trends suggested that evidence of successful mathematics learning was more evident for elementary grades, with successive proficiency drops occurring in the mid-level grades and continuing into high school. This audit sought to study and validate these trends, and to identify salient factors contributing to acknowledged strengths and weaknesses. 

This program audit, involving multiple methods of study and investigation, began in the winter of 2012 and continued until spring of 2013. Joint study design and co-authorship involving both RSU 13 personnel and the Great Schools Partnership offered the opportunity to include an independent agency in this collaborative review. An independent view is valued as critical in forming a realistic characterization of the strengths and challenges that will inform continuing efforts for improved mathematics teaching and learning in RSU 13. 

The results of this program audit will now be utilized for further professional study and as a basis for program development recommendations to be considered by mathematics curriculum team leaders, the RSU 13 Administrative team, each building principal, RSU 13’s math teachers, and the RSU 13 Curriculum Committee.

Click here to view this report:  Mathematics Program Audit

RSU 13 Strategic Plan 2013 – 2018

Beginning in September of 2011, a Strategic Planning Team -- comprised of representatives drawn from our six communities, the staff, the school board, and the administration - convened to lead a process focused on developing a five-year strategic plan for our newly consolidated school district.

Areas of focus highlighted in the planning process included:  teaching and learning; recruitment, retention, and evaluation of staff; financial matters; facilities; community engagement; and long-range development. The Strategic Planning Team also solicited a wide range of input from community and faculty members through surveys; parent, faculty and student meetings; and open community forums.

The resulting plan was adopted by the RSU 13 School Board by a unanimous vote at its regular meeting on March 7, 2013, and now stands as a blueprint for action in identifying priorities and establishing credible work plans for guiding the district toward excellence over the next five years. Importantly, the plan also is designed to be updated periodically with indicators of progress included in the strategic plan section – Measuring Our Progress and Effectiveness (pages 21-28).

RSU 13 wishes to acknowledge, with grateful appreciation, the dedication and conscientious attention that the following individuals contributed in bringing the RSU 13 Strategic Plan forward:

Duke Albanese, Great Schools Partnership, Inc. (Technical Assistance)                                

Loren Andrews, Vice Chair, School Board

Lew Collins, Superintendent of Schools

Emily Davis, School Counselor

Laurel Dean, Educational Technician

George Emery, School Board Member

Tom Forti, Principal, Oceanside High School East

Neal Guyer, Director of School Improvement

Greg Hamlin, Community Member, Past RSU 13 Board Chair

Ruth Anne Hohfeld, Community Member, Past RSU 13 Board Chair

Jessie Luttrell, Educational Technician

Anna Mason, Community Member                                

Patricia Mellor, Teacher

Tom Molloy, Community Member

Susan Stilwell, Principal, Owls Head Central/Thomaston Grammar

Click here to view RSU 13's Strategic Plan