Welcome to RSU 87

Regional School Unit 87 is located in Penobscot County, serving the communities of Carmel and Levant.

Our District is comprised of three schools:

Carmel Elementary (Pre-K - Gr 4)

Suzanne M. Smith Elementary (Pre-K - Gr 5)

Caravel Middle (Grades 5 - 8)

The District has an exclusive contract for all secondary students to attend Hermon High School.


After eighteen successful years as the Superintendent of the RSU 87 School District, Superintendent John Backus is retiring, effective June 30, 2019. The RSU 87 School Board has initiated a search process to seek interested candidates to replace Superintendent Backus. The School Board is interested in hearing from community and staff members regarding qualities and characteristics they would want to see in the next superintendent. By clicking on the link to the survey, you can provide your input into this process. Thank you for your participation. To have your input included, the survey needs to be completed by March 24, 2019.

Carmel Elementary School

Candy Devlin, Principal

Home of the Carmel Cats

Suzanne M. Smith Elementary School

Lorri Day, Principal

Home of the Levant Lions

Caravel Middle School

Mark Turner, Principal

Home of the Bobcats

District Vision Statement:

"Education is empowering all students to succeed in a changing world."