A C A D E M Y
60 West River Road
Waterville, ME 04901
July 31, 2020
TEMPLE ACADEMY’S NEW GOVERNANCE FOSTERS EXPANSION OF COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS
Contact: Kevin J. Wood, Superintendent
Temple Academy announced today that the school is separating from Centerpoint Community Church and will be governed by a new, independent board of directors. The pre-K—12, non-denominational Christian school has been operating as a ministry of Calvary Temple since 1977. After months of planning and preparation, the church leadership and church members voted to release the school to incorporate independently. The mission, to educate students through the foundation of a biblical worldview, was established by Reverend Wilson Hickam, the school’s founder. That mission has remained unchanged through the tenure of several pastors, including most recently under the leadership of Pastor Craig Riportella, who served as superintendent for 13 years. In July of 2019, the board accepted the resignation of Pastor Riportella as school superintendent and subsequently voted to install Kevin Wood as superintendent. Mr. Wood established a transition team, which has worked behind the scenes to create the framework for separation and to compile a list of candidates to serve on the new governance board of the school.
Mr. Wood states, “The intention is to continue with the long-established mission, while developing stronger partnerships in the community to enhance and expand enrollment opportunities for students in Central Maine and beyond. We will work diligently to foster the support of parents, churches, and community leaders, so we can continue providing a quality, educational alternative for families, particularly in light of the current climate and the difficult decisions parents face with educating their children. I am very excited about the diversity of our new board members, who bring a broad range of professional and personal experience and who are equally eager to get started in their new roles. I look forward to working with them to make Temple Academy a light in our community and a leading educational institution in our state.”
The new board members, who will meet in an advisory capacity until legal work has been completed include Dick Bradstreet, State of Maine House Representative for District 80 and the former owner of Bradstreet Homes; Jennifer Dumond, former owner of Kennebec Chocolates; Duane Ellis, owner of Central Maine Orthotics; Charles House, self- employed contractor and director of Hope Haitian Ministries; Nicholas Isgro, mayor of Waterville and realtor for Coldwell Banker; Seth Sherwood, small business banker at Kennebec Savings Bank; Richard Szabo, vice-president of information technology at Exclamation Services.
Mr. Wood stated that the school will welcome visits from parents, community members, and business leaders on August 10th and 11th to tour the school and to hear more about the programs of Temple Academy. Interested parties should call the school office to schedule a specific time.