The Five Town Community School District School Board, overseeing Camden Hills Regional High School, endorsed hiring Wayne Dorr for one year as interim superintendent.

The board convened July 14 for a regularly scheduled meeting, which began at 6:15 p.m. to accommodate an executive session to discuss an employment agreement with Dorr.

According to the agreement, Dorr has been hired for one year to replace Patricia Hopkins, current superintendent for both the CSD and School Administrative District 28, which governs Camden-Rockport elementary and middle schools. Board members on the SAD 28 board also sit on the CSD board. Hopkins informed the boards last month that after 11 years with the districts, she is taking a new superintendent position with the Gardiner school system.

The agreement stipulates that Dorr will be employed for 220 days and paid a per diem rate of $400, for a salary of $88,000. He begins on Aug. 9.

A former superintendent in Wiscasset, as well as for the communities of Sabattus, Wales and Litchfield, Dorr was also a special education director in Cape Elizabeth and Augusta.

Hopkins sent the following letter to staff members July 14 following the board’s decision:


To: Faculty and Staff

From: Pat Hopkins

Date: July 14, 2010

Re: Interim Superintendent

This evening, the Five Town CSD School Board hired Wayne Dorr as the Interim Superintendent for the 2010-2011 school year.  Wayne comes to us with a vast amount of experience as a special education teacher, a special education director, a superintendent, and a curriculum director.

Wayne is a people person who values the importance of building relationships and working collaboratively while challenging the thinking of individuals and school districts in an effort to advance educational practices.  He is highly regarded and respected by his colleagues across the state.  Mike Weatherwax and I have both been privileged to work with him and we are confident that his leadership style will be a great fit with these school districts.

The School Board decided to hold off doing a formal superintendent search until after the five town communities vote later this school year on a consolidation plan.

Please join me in welcoming Wayne to the Five Town CSD and MSAD #28 School Districts.