2007-07-19 / Letters to the Editor

Welcome to new school head

The School Committee approved the appointment of Dr. Marcia Lukon as part-time superintendent of Jamestown Schools at our July 12 meeting.

Dr. Lukon comes to us from Massachusetts, where she recently retired as superintendent of the Berlin-Boylston Regional School District and served previously as superintendent of Norfolk Public Schools. She also brings to the Jamestown position valuable experience as a director of curriculum, an elementary principal, a director of testing and assessment, and a classroom teacher. This breadth and depth of knowledge make her an ideal candidate for the Jamestown superintendency - a job that entails wearing many different hats!

The school committee is grateful to current Superintendent Dr. Robert Power for his leadership during the past year. Our appointment of a new superintendent is not an indication of dissatisfaction with Bob, but rather a move to achieve greater continuity for the district. As a Rhode Island retiree, Bob is limited by retirement board regulations to a one-year contract. Dr. Lukon is not subject to this state's retirement regulations and hence can make a multipleyear commitment that will provide the district with greater stability. We thank Bob for agreeing to continue to work with the school department to complete the teacher contract negotiations now in progress.

We consider ourselves fortunate to have the opportunity to work with such highly qualified leaders. Please join us in welcoming Dr. Marcia Lukon to the community.

Cathy Kaiser Chair, Jamestown School Committee

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