‘Super’ super sought for schools



BAR HARBOR — The new superintendent of the Mount Desert Island Regional School System won’t have to be super-human, but it’s hard to tell that by reading the requirements for the position.

Everyone who submits an application receives a letter and brochure describing the school system and the MDI area, as well as a list of qualities that the search committee wants the new superintendent to possess. He or she must be “an experienced, motivational and innovative leader, a respected former teacher and principal, an excellent communicator, a gifted manager and a visionary administrator.”

The salary range is listed as $110,000 to $130,000, depending on experience.

The current salary for Howard Colter, who is retiring as superintendent at the end of June, is $124,236.

The budget that the school system board has adopted for next year increases that to a maximum of $135,000.

The school system posted the job opening Jan. 11 on its website and on several state and national education-oriented employment websites. The job also is advertised in the Islander and The Ellsworth American.

The deadline for applications is Feb. 1.

The school system includes MDI High School and elementary schools in Bar Harbor, Mount Desert, Southwest Harbor, Tremont, Trenton, Cranberry Isles, Swans Island and Frenchboro.

The advertisement for the superintendent’s position describes the school system as “the binding fabric of eight close-knit communities.”

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. dbroom@mdislander.com
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