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Longtime technology school director to retire

By Stephen Betts | Mar 25, 2020
Photo by: Stephen Betts Midcoast School of Technology Executive Director Beth Fisher, left, celebrated the ribbon cutting Sep. 9, for the new school. Fisher announced she is retiring at the end of the school year.

Rockland — Elizabeth "Beth" Fisher, who has led the Midcoast School of Technology for the past 12 years including overseeing the construction of a new state-of-the art career and technical center, will be retiring at the end of the school year.

Fisher made her announcement at the Region 8 Cooperative Board's meeting Wednesday night, March 25.

Fisher will stay on through June 30 but could remain longer if the board has not filled the executive director post.

Fisher was hired in 2008, succeeding Timothy Hathorne, who had served as the top administrator at the school for 13 years.

Fisher came to the regional career and technical school from the Lewiston Regional Technical Center, where she was a teacher. Before entering teaching, Fisher had worked in the shipping industry, working her way up to be an engineer on ships.

She helped lobby for the new school and that was successful when voters approved the bond referendum in November 2016 with every community in the region supporting borrowing for the school.

Ground was broken in October 2017 and the $21.5 million, two-story, 90,000-square-foot school opened in September 2019, replacing an aging metal building that had been built in 1968 for a marine repair shop. Region 8 purchased the property in 1976.

The school serves 320 students daily and another 140 through satellite programs at the school districts that send students to the vocational center. There are 21 communities served by Region 8 from Islesboro to Newcastle.

The center has a partnership with Kennebec Valley Community College in which students can earn associate degrees.

Fisher said she had always planned to stay to get the building completed and a number of other goals related to curriculum and programming accomplished. She said the subcontractors came into the building during February break and tied up most loose ends.

"The staff have worked hard to align the programming to National Industry Standards, increased college credit opportunities and Industry Recognized Credentials. I have been honored to lead the school for 12 years and it is time for a change," Fisher said.

She said she is looking forward to spending more time with her 94-year-old mother and 6-month-old grandson.

"I have many projects that have been on hold during the very busy last few years. I'm looking forward to pursuing hobbies of sailing, gardening, quilting, etc.," she said.

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Comments (3)
Posted by: Kathryn Flanagan | Mar 26, 2020 16:43

I have known Beth for many years, we share a former vocation, the merchant marine.  She has been a strong supporter of helping youth

go to sea and I hope our dream of Merchant Marine training for high school students comes to fruition.  She will be sorely missed.

Fair Winds and following seas Beth.


Posted by: Francis Mazzeo, Jr. | Mar 26, 2020 10:35

There goes the fence.

Posted by: T A Schwab | Mar 26, 2020 06:01


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