At a special Board of Directors meeting Dec. 14, the Regional School Unit 40 Board accepted the immediate resignation of Andrew Cavanaugh from his position as principal of Medomak Valley High School.

After spending more than an hour in executive session with attorney Dan Rose of Portland firm Drummond Woodsum, the board reconvened to say no action would be taken and there would be no second session to deal with a personnel issue.

For more than a month, Cavanaugh had not been in the building at Medomak Valley, and no explanation had been given.

Superintendent Steve Nolan said Cavanaugh resigned earlier in the day Dec. 14, and that the two assistant principals — Linda Dolloff Pease and Tamra Philbrook — will be working with Athletic Director Matt Lash and Assistant Director of Special Services Steve Ocean in the administration of MVHS.

Nolan and Board Chairman Danny Jackson said they expect to seek applications to fill the principal's position in the spring.

"In the meantime, I will meet with administration and figure out what they need," Nolan said.

Throughout the process, Nolan had said he could not confirm or deny Cavanaugh's absence, and was not at liberty to discuss any details, maintaining, "Our highest priority, as always, is the safety and well-being of our students."

A complaint was made in early November to the Waldoboro Police Department about possible inappropriate contact between a Medomak Valley staff member and a student. Waldoboro police referred that complaint to the Knox County Sheriff's Office because the alleged contact did not occur in Waldoboro, but instead was within the jurisdiction of Knox County.

Knox County Sheriff Donna Dennison said that after an investigation by Detective Don Murray, no criminal activity was found.

Cavanaugh took over the lead role at Medomak Valley in 2015, after longtime Principal Harold Wilson retired due to illness. Wilson and Ronald Dolloff were the two longest-serving principals at MVHS.

It has not been clarified whether Cavanaugh had been on paid or unpaid administrative leave, nor if he will receive a severance package.

Courier Publications reporter Beth A. Birmingham can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 125 or via email at bbirmingham@villagesoup.com.