Principal contract inked



SOUTHWEST HARBOR – The school committee last week unanimously approved a two-year contract with Rhonda Fortin to head the Pemetic Elementary School.

Fortin will take over as principal of the K-8 school on July 1. She replaces Cathy Lewis, who began working as interim principal in July 2015 and agreed to stay on through the 2016-2017 school year.

Fortin was the top choice out of 12 applicants for the job, according to school system Superintendent Marc Gousse. She currently is one of two assistant principals at the Westbrook Middle School.

Fortin is to be paid $90,000 annually and is entitled to the same health insurance benefits as other school employees.

Fortin grew up in Southwest Harbor and attended Pemetic. She graduated from Mount Desert Island High School in 1982 and from the University of Maine in Orono in 1986, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics. She received a master’s degree in mathematics from the University of New Hampshire in 2007, a certificate in advanced studies in education leadership from the University of Southern Maine in 2012 and a mathematics leadership certificate from the University of Maine at Farmington in 2014.

Her 22-year career includes stints as math teacher and math department chairman at Westbrook High School. In 2006, the Westbrook school department named her its teacher of the year.

Fortin and her husband, Mark, live in Cumberland Center.