Tuesday, 28 June 2016 11:57

Bangor hosts 105th Annual Commissioner's Conference for Superintendents

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BANGOR - The 105th Annual Commissioner's Conference for Superintendent's is underway in Bangor.

The three day event, is put on by the Maine Department of Education, and kicked off Sunday at the Cross Insurance Center.


Superintendents across the state are spending time working on professional developments.


Susan Pratt is the president of the Maine School Superintendent Association. And has been a superintendent herself for thirteen years, with a motto of. "Students first."

Pratt said, "It's an opportunity for the superintendents to get leadership from the state on initiatives and programs. We use this to get updates coming forward in the next year and to get some planning."


The conference began with a banquet recognizing outstanding leaders. One of those was from Aroostook County.


Fern Desjardins, Superintendent, SAD 33 added,  "To be so isolated and then to come to the big conference and then to get the commissioner's award is just overwhelming and unheard of."


A big focus at the event is the impact that the new federal legislation, "Every Student Succeeds Act," is going to have on schools.


It was signed by President Obama in 2015, offering equality for all students.


The conference wraps up later today.