Gr. 8-12 Transition Advisory Group

The goal of the Transition Advisory Group is to be proactive in crafting secondary education options that are student-centered and serve the interest of maintaining high quality educational services for all RSU 13 students in grades 8 – 12. This is preferable to reactive or unplanned programming, subject to the vagaries of the economy, politics or public pressure. We believe that we have a unique opportunity in joining resources to create a program of study that will draw families and students to RSU 13 and strengthen the support for education within the community-at-large. With the endorsement of the RSU 13 School Board, the Transition Advisory Group is charged to maximize the use of existing resources while improving the alignment, quality and efficiency of educational services within our secondary program.  This effort will also advance pedagogical and instructional design components of the proposed Many Flags project that may realistically be considered within this unique context.

The Transition Advisory Group is a working group of educators and community members responsible for overseeing this innovative program development project for RSU 13. This group also works closely with Great Schools Partnership as an independent, facilitative agent supporting project design and professional development efforts.

This website location will be regularly updated with monthly meeting agendas, meeting summaries, and working documents as they are created and shared. A comprehensive ‘work plan’ has also been posted with our working documents. This plan highlights benchmarks and timelines for project completion as this important work continues towards the goal of implementing a unified 8-12 secondary program for RSU 13 in September of 2011.

Questions or comments may be directed to:

Neal Guyer 


Agendas - Grades 8-12 Transition Advisory Group

Agendas - 2010/2011
September 12, 2011
May 2, 2011
March 7, 2011
February 7, 2011
December 6, 2010
November 1, 2010
October 4, 2010
September 13, 2010 





Questions or comments may be directed to:

Neal Guyer

Meeting Summaries

Meeting Summary - September 12, 2011
Meeting Summary - May 16, 2011
Meeting Summary - May 2, 2011

Meeting Summary - March 7, 2011
Meeting Summary - February 7, 2011

Meeting Summary - December 13, 2010

Meeting Summary - November 1, 2010
Meeting Summary - October 4, 2010
Meeting Summary - September 13, 2010
Meeting Summary - June 8, 2010
Meeting Summary - May 20, 2010



Questions or comments may be directed to:

Neal Guyer


Public Comment

The Grade 8-12 Transition Advisory Group (TAG) is engaged in the very important work of envisioning how the existing grades 8 – 12 will become an exemplary and unified secondary program serving all of RSU 13 students.   TAG is not only charged with crafting a vision for this unique endeavor, but is also responsible for planning and managing the work plan that will bring this new school to its successful beginning in September of 2011. We believe that we have a rare and exciting opportunity in joining resources across our expanded district to create a program of secondary study that will draw families and students to RSU 13 and strengthen the support for education within the community-at-large.  With the endorsement of the RSU13 School Board, TAG has created a detailed work plan that highlights the many developmental benchmarks to be accomplished  along with specific timelines for completion. TAG is a working group comprised of educators and community members that will monitor the continuing progress of this work plan, advocate for the necessary resources, and make adjustments to the work plan as necessary.

We encourage you to follow the progress of our efforts by reviewing our posted agendas, meeting summaries, our Work Plan, and other working documents – particularly the RSU 13 Grade 8-12 Transition Group Charter.  TAG members would also welcome comments and suggestions that serve to inform our work as we move forward.  You may contribute your comments or suggestions by simply utilizing the email link for Public Input provided below.  All comments and suggestions received will be posted at this location and updated on a weekly basis.  We ask that when you send us your comments or suggestions that you kindly identify yourself as a student, parent, RSU 13 employee, or simply a community member – we welcome all perspectives!

October 1, 2010
September 29, 2010
September 6, 2010


If you have other specific questions about TAG’s work, we ask that you contact a TAG member directly rather than
using the public input link.
RSU 13 TAG members include:
Dr. Judith Lucarelli, RSU 13 Superintendent
Larry Schooley, Georges Valley HS Principal
Michele Gee, St. George School Teacher
Ainslee Riley, Thomaston Grammar School Teacher
Bruce Gamage, Rockland District Middle School Teacher
Thomas Forti, Rockland District HS Principal
Mary Alice McLean, Thomaston Grammar School Principal
David Johanson, Rockland District HS Math Instructor
Krystal Gamage, Georges Valley HS History Instructor
George Emery, RSU 13 School Board Member, St. George
James Kalloch, RSU 13 School Board Member, Rockland
Lisa Berger, Community Member
Robert Gilson, Community Member
Neal Guyer, RSU 13 Director of School Improvement 

Working Documents