MDI High principal stepping down



Matthew Janger

BAR HARBOR — Matthew Janger, principal of Mount Desert Island High School since July 2009, will be leaving at the end of this school year.

He announced his resignation in a letter to the school’s faculty and staff on Monday.

“I have enjoyed my four years at MDIHS,” he said. “I have loved living in the MDI community.”

Janger said his children have thrived both academically and socially since joining him here last school year.

“Nonetheless, the distance of MDI from our extended family has been a burden on my children and me,” he said. “My parents’ health has become an issue recently. For these reasons, I have decided to relocate closer to my family and to facilitate my children’s ability to visit their mother.”

Janger’s parents live on the Massachusetts island of Martha’s Vineyard, and he has said he would like to find a position closer to them.

Superintendent Howard Colter said Tuesday, “We all appreciate Matthew’s dedication and what he’s contributed to the high school, and we’re going to miss him.”

Janger came to MDI from Ann Arbor, Mich., where he was a high school English teacher. Prior to that, he was principal of an elementary school in Ann Arbor. He has a Ph.D. in education and an MBA.

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Dick Broom

Dick Broom

Reporter at Mount Desert Islander
Dick Broom covers the towns of Mount Desert and Southwest Harbor, Mount Desert Island High School and the school system board and superintendent's office. He enjoys hiking with his golden retriever and finding new places for her to swim. [email protected]