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Farewell Reception for Superintendent Bob Hasson

posted Nov 7, 2013, 12:54 PM by Susan Conley   [ updated Nov 7, 2013, 12:57 PM ]
School Board Chair, Karen Campbell
presents framed Greely Institute print to Dr. Hasson

Farewell Reception cake made by 
Joanna Foster, GHS Administrative Assistant

“Bob’s most powerful skills do not compare to his real gift:  he truly cares.”

Such was the theme of the night, exemplified by the remarks of Kim Brandt, former GMS Principal recognized as the Principal of the Year during Bob Hasson’s tenure as MSAD #51 Superintendent.

On Wednesday, October 30, 2013, students, staff, teachers and administrators from MSAD #51 joined community and state leaders along with members of the Hasson family to celebrate Bob Hasson’s 20+ years of dedicated service to the district as Superintendent.  The farewell reception, held at Greely Middle School, featured performances by the Greely Middle School Jazz Band and the Greely High School Jazz Ensemble.  It also featured a number of esteemed speakers including J. Duke Albanese, a former Commissioner of Education, Dr. David Silvernail, a Professor and Director of the Center for Educational Policy at USM, and William Shane, Manager for the Town of Cumberland, who paid tribute to Bob’s deep personal commitment to all the students in our district.  

State Representatives The Hon. Stephen Moriarty (Cumberland) and The Hon. Anne Graham (North Yarmouth) presented Bob with a special legislative sentiment signed by the Maine Speaker of the House that praised Bob as a superintendent who “...distinguished himself as a leader devoted to creating meaningful learning opportunities to all students.  He has been steadfast in his support and encouragement of his staff and focused upon the recruitment and retention of extraordinary teachers and administrators.”  One such extraordinary administrator, Kim Brandt, who presently serves as the Assistant Superintendent in RSU #16, remarked “Visionary. Collaborative. Humanistic.  This is Bob Hasson.  MSAD #51 is fortunate to have been led for the past 20 years by an extremely intelligent superintendent who exemplifies 21st century leadership... He is passionate about teaching and learning, genuinely cares about his staff, has great compassion for his students and is empathetic and supportive of parents.”

Students from the Mabel I .Wilson School created a colorful banner with a message of thanksgiving to Dr. Hasson for his service, and NYMS Principal Carol MacArthur presented him with a special edition of the Hornet Gazette the student newspaper, dedicated to him.  Guests at the event enjoyed a delicious and beautifully decorated cake baked by our own GHS Secretary, Joanna Foster.

On behalf of the MSAD # 51 Board of Directors, Chairperson Karen Campbell announced that as a departing gift, members of the Board made an initial donation for the Robert. G. Hasson Jr., Ed.D. Scholarship fund to support a Greely High School student in his or her pursuit of continued education.  Any community members interested in recognizing Bob’s commitment to our students in this manner may make contributions to the Robert G. Hasson Jr. Ed.D. Fund Attn: Christine Girard, MSAD#51 Central Office, 357 Tuttle Road, PO Box 6A, Cumberland, ME  04021.  The Board of Directors offers thanks to Susan Conley for her help in organizing this special event.

Dr. Hasson began his service as Superintendent on June 13, 1993 and completed his service to the district on November 1, 2013 to accept the position of Deputy Executive Director of the Maine School Management Association and Executive Director of the Maine School Superintendent Association.  On September 30, 2013 the Board of Directors for MSAD #51 hired Sally Loughlin our current Director of Curriculum, Assessment, Instruction and Professional Development to serve as the Interim Superintendent for our district.  Sally served as the Assistant Superintendent in RSU 75 before she joined MSAD #51 in 2010.  The Board has hired the New England School Development Council (NESDEC) to assist in the search for a new Superintendent.