North Quabbin Notebook: June 16, 2021

  • Dr. Reza Namin, who served as superintendent of the Ralph C. Mahar Regional School District in Orange from 2005 to 2009, has been tapped to be superintendent of Maine Indian Education, which serves the children of the Passamaquoddy, Penobscot and Wabanaki tribes. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Published: 6/15/2021 4:23:04 PM
Modified: 6/15/2021 4:23:08 PM
$133K grant to support finalizing policing agreement

Leverett received word late last month it is receiving a $133,275 state grant to help finance a consultant to finalize a long-term policing agreement with Wendell and to convert the former Wendell Police Station into a satellite office.

The towns are in a short-term inter-municipal agreement for Leverett to provide its policing services to Wendell. That agreement ends July 1.

Leverett Town Administrator Marjorie McGinnis previously said up to $200,000 was available. The money comes through the governor’s Community Compact initiative.

Officers would be able to use the satellite office to warm up, cool off, check phone messages, get a drink of water and use the bathroom. McGinnis said the building is centrally located and could be especially useful if more towns enter the inter-municipal agreement in the future.

Wendell adopts Juneteenth

WENDELL — The Selectboard voted unanimously last week to adopt June 19, also known as Juneteenth, as a holiday, though board members and Town Coordinator Nancy Aldrich were unclear what exactly that will mean for town employees.

Juneteenth falls on a Saturday this year. The holiday marks the day in 1865 that Union troops arrived in Galveston, Texas, and informed enslaved people they were free under President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, which had been issued 2½ years earlier.

Last year, Gov. Charlie Baker designated Juneteenth as a state holiday, signing the measure as part of a supplemental coronavirus spending bill. In 2007, former Gov. Deval Patrick had signed a proclamation in 2007 recognizing Juneteenth.

Former Mahar supt. to lead Maine school system

ORANGE — Dr. Reza Namin, who served as superintendent of the Ralph C. Mahar Regional School District from 2005 to 2009, has been tapped to be superintendent of Maine Indian Education, which serves the children of the Passamaquoddy, Penobscot and Wabanaki tribes.

“I am very grateful that I had the opportunity to serve the children of Mahar Regional School District. I continue to receive mentorship and appreciate all the positive impacts of all the friends that I have gained throughout my time at Mahar,” Namin said in a statement. “I thank Mr. Mike Roach, Maureen Donelan, Sheriff Chris Donelan and Ms. Judy Curley, and many more who continue to be part of shining lights in my path toward being a better person and an educator.”

Namin earned a professional certification as a school superintendent (in preschool through 12th grade) in Massachusetts and Maine; a doctorate in math and science education with a focus on curriculum and technology; a certificate of advanced studies in 3-D geometric modeling from Brown University; a certificate of advanced graduate studies in leadership and educational administration; a master’s degree in education; and a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and mathematics from Worcester State University, the press release states. Namin also completed his post-doctoral studies in leadership for understanding at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.


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