Superintendent finalist interviews set

BAR HARBOR — Four candidates for the job of superintendent of the Mount Desert Island Regional School System (MDIRSS) will be interviewed by the school system’s search committee.

Charlie Wray, chairman of both the MDIRSS board and the search committee, said about a dozen people submitted applications by the Feb. 1 deadline.

“The committee decided there were six qualified candidates,” Wray said Monday. “They were evenly split between being in-state and out-of-state. We’re going to do informational interviews with four of them.”

He said the initial interviews would be done “by electronic means” rather than in person.

“We decided that in fairness to the pool, everybody would be treated the same way,” Wray said. “And some of them may not have told their supervisors [that they have applied], so we felt that for the candidates’ confidentiality, doing it not in person is better.”

He said the search committee likely will narrow the field of candidates to two. Those two will be brought in for in-person interviews, probably before the end of this month.

The search committee is expected to make its recommendation to the MDIRSS board in early April.

The new superintendent will succeed Howard Colter, who is retiring as of June 30. Colter was superintendent from 1992 to 2004 and returned to the post in 2012.

The MDIRSS superintendent leads a system with eight K-8 schools and MDI High School.

The 15-member superintendent search committee includes five school board members: Susan Allen of Southwest Harbor, Heidi Lawson of Tremont, Kristi Losquadro of Bar Harbor, Kelly Sanborn of Cranberry Isles and Wray, of Mount Desert.

The committee also includes one K-5 teacher, Abbie Plaskov of Conners Emerson in Bar Harbor; one middle-grades teacher, Rick Barter of Conners Emerson; one MDI High teacher, Heather Dillon; and one special education teacher, Karen Sharpe of Mount Desert Elementary.

Two principals, Matt Haney of MDI High and Mike Zboray of Trenton Elementary, are on the search committee, along with Julie Meltzer, the school system’s director of curriculum, assessment and instruction.

Three members of the community at large serve on the committee charged with recommending a new superintendent. They are James Allen of Mount Desert, Michael McKernan of Bar Harbor and Brian Hubbell of Bar Harbor. Hubbell, a former school board member, represents Bar Harbor, Mount Desert and Lamoine in the state legislature.

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]
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