The Dedham School enjoys a fine reputation for educating students in a caring, supportive manner. School climate is something of which we are very proud. We have talented staff and a wide range of educational programming. With a student population of 180 students Pre-K-8, class sizes are small. We try to provide individual attention for all our students. We have approximately 100 high school students at various area high schools.
January 24, 2014
To: Dedham and Orrington Parents and Community Members
From: AOS # 47 Superintendent Search Committee
You may or may not be aware that our present Superintendent, Allan Snell, is retiring at the end of June, 2014. The AOS # 47 school boards have begun the process of searching for a new Superintendent. The joint boards have met twice and will form a subcommittee to start the candidate recruitment and screening process. The subcommittee will be comprised of two board members from each school board, the Principals and a teacher from each school, as well as a representative from the central office. The committee will also receive some guidance from Maine School Management to help in the search. The boards feel confident that the school board representatives of this subcommittee will continue to represent their communities, selecting qualified candidates to interview then bring before the full school board selection committee. If you wish to share any ideas, leadership criteria, or concerns you may have in selecting a new Superintendent, please feel free to contact Judy Marvin, Orrington School’s Principal at 825-3697, or Kathy Lawson, Dedham School’s Principal at 843-6498 by Friday, January 31.
The Dedham community is special to me. Not only have I been at this school going on 37 years as an educator, I attended Dedham School from Kindergarten to grade four before moving to Bangor. I moved back to the community in 1977; two years after starting my teaching career here at the Dedham School. I began as a Title I tutor, taught Kindergarten through grade three and served as the Assistant Principal before assuming the position of Principal in 2003. As the 2013 - 2014 school year begins I am beginning my eleventh year as Principal of Dedham School. I feel I know the school and community well and believe we have the best school, staff and students in the state. I am excited about beginning another school year. I want to assure you we strive to do what is best for students and put them first in the decisions we make. I look forward to working with the staff, student, parents and the community throughout the upcoming school year.