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Tomaszewski Steps Down as WOCSD Superintendent to Become MSMA Associate Executive Director

posted Dec 11, 2012, 6:33 AM by Fran Prentice

Superintendent Elaine Tomaszewski has decided to step down as Superintendent and accept the position of Associate Executive Director for the Maine School Management Association (MSMA) in Augusta. 

Tomaszewski, who has been WOCSD Superintendent since July of 2009, announced her intentions to resign first in a letter to staff then in a formal letter to the WOCSD School Committee on December 5th. 

At their first-of-the-month meeting, the six member committee, chaired by Russell Fox, voted to accept the resignation with regret.  Going forward through December, Tomaszewski will continue in her duties as Superintendent until an interim replacement is hired. 

Reached for comment Tomaszewski talked of how the position will allow her to use the experience she has gained in Wells-Ogunquit as well as skills developed during her thirty plus years in public education.

"I will be contributing to the MSMA team serving as the liaison between the National School Board and Maine boards, analyzing legislation and how it will impact public schools, and supporting school superintendents in their ever changing, very important work.”

During her tenure as Superintendent in Wells, Tomaszewski guided the successful passage of three school budgets, embarked on a major Future Search plan to guide the District in the coming decades, and helped set in motion a major renovations project for Wells High School. 

Prior to coming to Wells, Tomaszewski was Superintendent of Schools in Freeport.  She holds a B.S. Degree from the University of Maine at Farmington, a Masters of Science Degree in Communication Disorders from State University of New York at Buffalo, an M.S Degree in Educational Administration and a certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Educational Leadership both from the University of Southern Maine.  All totaled, she has 30 plus years experience in public education. 

In the fall of 2010, Superintendent Tomaszewski was selected to serve on the School Superintendent National Advisory Committee (NAC). 

Based in Augusta and founded in 1973, the Maine School Management Association serves as a valuable resource to current school board/committee members and superintendents throughout the state.  Many members of MSMA are former superintendents and former school board/committee members.