Camden, Rockport residents asked for input on principal searches

CRMS, CRES principal searches underway
By Dwight Collins | Feb 03, 2014
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Camden — The search has begun for two new principals in Maine School Administrative District 28 and Superintendent Elaine Nutter is encouraging community input during the process.

“We are searching for the best candidates to fill the principal positions at both Camden-Rockport Middle School and elementary school,” Nutter said. “We have scheduled opportunities for staff and community members to give their input on what kind of person they would like to see fill those roles.”

An opportunity to share input took place at the middle school Monday, Feb. 2, with another scheduled for Feb. 4 at noon in the mini-theater. A third session is slated for Feb. 6 at 5:30 p.m. in the atrium at the elementary school.

The search began for a new principal at CRMS when then-Principal Maria Libby was hired as assistant superintendent for both SAD 28 and Five Town Community School District in July.

The SAD 28 school board approved the hiring of Thomas Ingraham of Hope to be the interim principal at Camden-Rockport Middle School at a special meeting Aug. 6. The contract for a term of 230 days began Aug. 19.

“We have been extremely lucky to be able to have Mr. Ingraham as the interim principal at the middle school,” Nutter said. “He came highly recommended and his experience has certainly made an already great school better.”

Nutter said Ingraham's previous experience as a middle school principal has helped take the school to the next level.

“His experience is invaluable and he has been able to take a look at some of the changes being made and help us take a look at things with a fresh set of eyes,” she said.

The search for a principal CRES began last month after Theresa Lash submitted her resignation, effective at the end of the school year.

The SAD 28 school board accepted Lash’s resignation at the monthly meeting Jan. 15 and the search for her replacement began immediately.

“I knew in September that there may be a possibility that we might be looking for someone to replace Mrs. Lash at CRES,” Nutter said. “She has done nothing but great things in her time with us and we hope to find someone who is headed in that same direction.”

Nutter added Lash’s decision to leave was prompted by wanting to “try something new” and the administration fully supported her in that decision.

“The fact that we are looking for principals for two of our schools at the same time is purely coincidental,” she said. “This gives us an opportunity to gather some input on what is required for a good leader in each building to lead them on the next step to excellence.”

Nutter said the application process is due to close just before the February break at which time an interview committee will convene to decide on finalists. Nutter is hopeful that both positions will be filled by April and said she is confident the committee will select the best possible candidates to lead both schools.

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