Judith MacLean Lucarelli, deputy commissioner of education for Maine, is the new superintendent for the Frankfort Independent School District.
Lucarelli was appointed to the Maine position by then-Gov. Angus King in July 1999 and stayed through the transition of the new administration of Gov. John Baldacci who was sworn into office Jan. 8, 2003.
Before that, she served as superintendent of schools in Gray, Maine, from July 1995 to 1999. Lucarelli also served as superintendent of schools in Deer Isle, Maine, from 1988 to 1992 before becoming senior project manager for the Center for Educational Services.
She was picked by the local school board at a special meeting Thursday. Her contract officially starts July 1 and goes through June 30, 2007. The salary is $90,000 per school year.
"I think we tried to find a person who we felt could continue to build on the foundation Mike (Oder) has laid for us," said board member Marshall Thompson. "Students come first and that's what we feel this candidate brings to us."