The Maine School Administrative District 75 Board of Directors has set a timeline for a superintendent search that targets a hiring decision on April 14. The new superintendent will take over on July 1, for the district’s fifth change at the top in four years.

Bob Lucy has served as interim superintendent of MSAD 75 since Feb. 8, when the board appointed him to fill in while Superintendent Shawn Chabot was on active duty with the Maine Army National Guard. Chabot resigned effective June 30 after two years in the role.

Prior to Chabot’s hire, Brad Smith retired in June 2018, Dan Chuhta was interim superintendent for 7 1/2 months before becoming Maine’s deputy education commissioner, and Lucy did his first stint as interim chief between Chuhta and Chabot.

The timeline calls for the district to advertise the position Dec. 27. The application period will close Jan. 31. An interview committee will select candidates for interviews on Feb. 9, then interview those candidates on Feb. 24 and 25.

The 17-member interview committee will consist of board members, district and school administrators, teachers, support staff and a representative from the community.

A different committee of five board members and the principals of the district’s seven schools will conduct a second round of interviews on March 7. On March 16, the full board of directors will conduct a third and final round of interviews.

On March 21, the board of directors will “deliberate and identify a leading candidate.” After background and reference checks, the candidate will go to the board for a vote on April 14.