SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Dianne Helprin, principal of the Pemetic Elementary School, has resigned to take a job as superintendent of Union 69.
Union 69 consists of three K-8 schools in the towns of Lincolnville, Hope and Appleton. The central office for the district is in Hope.
Helprin said Tuesday that she was offered the job on Friday, and over the weekend, she decided to take the position. She will oversee the Lincolnville Central School, the Hope Elementary School and the Appleton Village School.
Helprin has been a principal at Pemetic for 13 years. Prior to coming to Southwest Harbor, she spent 10 years as the principal of the State Street Middle School and the South Lincoln Elementary School, both in Alliance, Ohio. She began her career in education teaching the third and fourth grades and seventh-grade science.
During Helprin’s tenure at Pemetic, the school was recognized nationally and statewide for its support of students and encouraging early aspirations. In 2010, Helprin was named Principal of the Year by the Maine Principals Association.
Helprin said she is excited about her new job, which begins July 1.
“I was ready for a new challenge,” she said.
Howard Colter, superintendent of the Mount Desert Island Regional School System, said he was superintendent at the time Helprin was hired. She came to the job with “a lot of enthusiasm, a lot of energy and a lot of new ideas.”
“To her credit, she has put those qualities into the school,” he said. “For her it wasn’t just a job. She is really connected to that community and that school.”
Colter said the school system is advertising for Helprin’s replacement and that he is in the process of forming a search committee of educators, support staff and community members.
“We hope to have someone on board in August,” he said.