Nicholas Raymond was named the new superintendent of RSU 22 in Hampden on Wednesday night. He is currently the principal of Samuel L Wagner Middle School in Winterport. Credit: Courtesy of RSU 22

The principal of Samuel L. Wagner Middle School in Winterport will become the superintendent of Regional School Unit 22 in Hampden on July 1. 

Nicholas Raymond will replace Regan Nickels as RSU 22 superintendent after the school board unanimously approved his hiring on Wednesday night, according to a press release from the district.

Nickels announced in March that she would step down as superintendent at the end of the school year to become superintendent of Sequim schools in Washington. 

Raymond has been principal of Wagner since July 2021. 

He began his education career at then-School Administrative District 22 in 2003 as a high school math teacher. He later served as an assistant principal and athletic director in Dexter before returning to RSU 22 in 2011, when he became the Hampden Academy athletic director.

He became the assistant principal of Hampden Academy the next year before becoming the principal of Wagner.

“Our students, faculty and staff are committed to becoming the best they can be, and I am fortunate to be part of that journey,” Raymond said. “I’m passionate about our district and humbled to have the opportunity to lead such an incredible team.” 

Correction: An earlier version of this story misstated the year Raymond returned to RSU 22 and the position he took upon his return.

Lia Russell

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