Houlton Region

RSU 29 superintendent named to Educate Maine board

PORTLAND, Maine — The superintendent for RSU 29 in Houlton has been named to a statewide education board.

Educate Maine announced Sept.24 that Ellen Halliday is one of three education leaders that have joined its board of directors. The other two educators are Hancock County Technical Center Director Amy Boles and Bowdoin College Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer Michael Cato. 

The new board members’ backgrounds and experience in education align with current education and workforce preparedness priorities in Maine and Educate Maine’s mission to ensure all Maine people are college and career ready. The announcement coincides with the departure of two long-serving board members, business consultant Ron Bancroft and business and public affairs executive Chris Hall.

“As we celebrate the leadership of Ron Bancroft and Chris Hall and thank them for their last nine years of guidance as board members, we are excited to welcome three education leaders to Educate Maine’s board of directors,” said Jason Judd, executive director of Educate Maine. “Together, the new board members bring diverse education backgrounds and experiences that, along with our current board members, will enhance Educate Maine’s leadership in efforts to ensure college and career readiness for all Maine people. Their expertise also aligns with workforce development priorities in Maine that we are certain will positively impact the ability of Maine people, employers, and the state’s economy to succeed.”

Halliday, the superintendent of schools for RSU 29 (Hammond, Houlton, Littleton, Monticello), started her career as an educator in Presque Isle and worked in various roles within the SAD 1 school system for 26 years before taking her first Superintendent position in Wells-Ogunquit in southern Maine.

Her 21 years of experience as a district level administrator include seven in the role of superintendent. Halliday currently serves as President-Elect of the Maine School Superintendent Association and was a founding board member of the Maine Curriculum Leaders Association. She is a member of the Rotary International-Houlton Club and a past member of Rotary International-Wells and Presque Isle Clubs.

Halliday holds a master’s degree in educational leadership from the University of Southern Maine and a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and special education from the University of Maine Farmington. She and her husband reside in Island Falls.

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