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Membership of Orono Schools Core Planning Group

The Core Planning Group is comprised of 26 community members and seven ad hoc members:

Community Members

  • Chris Barry
  • Jeff Brown
  • Stephen Byrnes
  • Chris Case
  • Gene Couser
  • Jenny Flansburg
  • Glen Gunderson
  • Kim King
  • Jan Guenther-Knutson
  • Joe McPherson
  • George Mileusnic
  • Ann Martin
  • Caleb Olson
  • Allen Overturf
  • Shelley Perkins
  • Steve Ruedisili
  • Kelly Shaughnessy
  • Jane Smith
  • Jake Streich
  • Bob Tunheim
  • Ben Veach
  • Paige Von Bank
  • Mike Wall
  • Jeff Weiland
  • Barry Wohler
  • Mitchell Wolff


Ad Hoc Members

  • Dave Benson, Orono High School principal
  • Melanie DeLuca, director of Community Education
  • Justin McCoy, coordinator of facilities and safety
  • Bucky Mieras, OHS activities director
  • John Morstad, director of business services
  • Dr. Karen Orcutt, superintendent of schools
  • Aaron Ruhland, director of learning and accountability

“We were overwhelmed – and thrilled – by both the number and the quality of applicants interested in serving,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Karen Orcutt. The School Board’s Finance and Facilities Subcommittee reviewed applications and selected members based on a carefully-developed matrix. “I wish we could have included all 63 applicants,” she added. “They were all that good.”

The initial pool included four current or past chief executive officers/chief financial officers, six business owners and 14 applicants who work in the construction trades, including architects, engineers, general contractors, interior designers and commercial contractors.

From a stakeholder perspective, committee members selected represent a broad range of community organizations and boards, including local government, churches, community service organizations, youth and varsity sports, and the school district.

In addition, membership reflects parents of students ranging in age from preschoolers to Orono High School graduates. The CPG includes a student representative, as well. Additional student input will be solicited by conducting focus groups, meeting with student leadership and administering a general survey.

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