BAR HARBOR — Whoever succeeds Howard Colter as superintendent of the Mount Desert Island Regional School System (MDIRSS) first will have to impress the 15 people who have been chosen to serve on the search committee.
The slate, recommended by Colter and MDIRSS Board Chairman Charlie Wray from a total of 35 people who volunteered to serve, was appointed by the school board last week.
Colter said that choosing the search committee members was “a tough call” because there were a number of very capable people who were willing to serve.
Colter, who was superintendent from 1992 to 2004 and returned to the post in 2012, plans to retire at the end of this school year.
The committee that will review applications and interview candidates for the superintendent’s job includes five school system 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 search committee includes one K-5 teacher, Abbie Plaskov of Conners Emerson; 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 at MDI High and Mike Zboray at Trenton Elementary, will serve on the search committee. So will Julie Meltzer, the school system’s director of curriculum, assessment and instruction.
Three members of the community at large were chosen for the superintendent search committee: 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.
The search committee will not have the final say on who the next superintendent will be. Rather, the committee will present the names of a small group of finalists to the full MDIRSS board, with a recommendation on who should be offered the job.
Colter said the job opening probably would be advertised in January and a job offer made in March.