One of the assistant principals at Medomak Valley High School was named acting principal at the Regional School Unit 40 Board of Directors meeting Jan. 18.

Linda Dolloff Pease was approved to fill the vacancy left by the sudden resignation of Andrew Cavanaugh in December.

Pease has served as assistant principal for two and a half years.

She started her career in education teaching sixth grade at Prescott Memorial School in Washington in 1985, where she taught for two years.

Pease then spent eight years at Miller School, also teaching sixth grade, before moving to A.D. Gray School to teach seventh and eighth grade for eight years.

Then, after three years of teaching English at Mid-Coast School of Technology, Pease moved to Medomak Valley in 2005 to teach English and has remained there since.

"It has been a smooth transition," Pease said of how the students have adjusted to the recent changes.

Pease said she plans to continue the work she has been doing, along with other administrative team members — Tamra Philbrook, assistant principal; Matt Lash, athletic director; and Steve Ocean, assistant director of special services.

"We're going to focus on smooth day-to-day operation of the school, build capacity to help all students reach academic goals, support the staff in curriculum design and professional development efforts, and celebrate the many, many achievements of students and staff that happen every day at our school," Pease said.

Pease's salary will be $93,218, prorated based on the start date effective Jan. 19.

"I nominated Linda Pease because she has the qualifications, skills and experience to be an excellent candidate and she is willing to serve as acting principal for the remainder of the 2017-18 school year," Superintendent Steve Nolan said.

Nolan said the district will begin a search process in the spring, and will advertise, screen and interview applicants to find the best candidate to nominate to become the high school principal.

The late principals Harold Wilson and Ronald Dolloff, Pease's father, were the two longest-serving principals at MVHS.

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