May 7, 2013
AUGUSTA – Rep. Alan Casavant, the lead sponsor of LD 6, released the following statement in response to Gov. Paul LePage’s veto of the bill Tuesday.
“This bill puts the authority for decisions about superintendents back where it belongs: with local elected school officials. They know that to do right by the children they serve they need to attract the most qualified superintendent candidates,” said Casavant, D-Biddeford, and the city’s mayor. “This measure’s broad bipartisan support reflects that reality.”
The measure is consistent with all other state laws regarding superintendents as it keeps the authority with local school boards, Casavant said. Tying the hands of school boards means they may be forced to choose from a less-qualified pool of applicants or look to so-called “double-dippers,” he said.
The bill passed by votes of 115-22 in the House and 28-6 in the Senate.
The other sponsors of the bill are: Rep. Paulette Beaudoin, D-Biddeford, Sen. David Dutremble, D-Biddeford, Sen. Roger Katz, R-Augusta, Rep. Matthew Pouliot, R-Augusta, Rep. Megan Rochelo, D-Biddeford, and Rep. Corey Wilson, R-Augusta.
Ann Kim [Casavant] 287-1488, c. 233-1838