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Schools' interim director of teaching and learning appointed to two-year term

Cathy Stankard, who is serving as interim director of teaching and learning this school year, has been appointed to the position for a two-year term.

The School Board of April 11, 2017 approved a contract for Stankard ending June 30, 2019.

Stankard took on the interim position replacing Ruth Ellen Vaughn, who resigned last July to become superintendent in Farmington, N.H. At the time of her appointment in August, Interim Superintendent Howard Colter said Stankard was planning to use this school year for a sabbatical.

Board members approved her longer-term appointment unanimously and thanked her for staying. "It takes a real relationship-builder and someone with great knowledge and skill to do this work and we are grateful," said board Chair Elizabeth Scifres.

Board member Barbara Powers said she worked with Stankard when both were at Falmouth schools. "I'm delighted she's landed in my home town now, that's awesome," Powers said, lauding Stankard's awareness and listening skills. "It's a daunting task right now what the director of teaching and learning is being asked to do on behalf of all the new state regulations, and places where we believe we need to be making growth," Powers said.

The director of teaching and learning facilitates the development and implementation of curriculum, assessment and procedures, and professional development programs

The director of instruction position Vaughn held in 2015-16 was renamed director of teaching and learning in September after Stankard's hire as interim.