SWANS ISLAND — Both the Swans Island and Cranberry Isles elementary schools have new principals.
The Swans Island school committee Tuesday night hired Crystal DaGraca, who has been a teacher at Tremont Consolidated School for a number of years, for the 60-percent-of-full-time principal’s position.
On July 19, the Cranberry Isles school committee hired Lindsay Eysnogle, who taught at Ashley Bryan School on Islesford for nine years, as the new principal. That is a 30-percent-of-full-time position.
DaGraca and Eysnogle succeed Heather Webster, who served as principal for both the Swans Island and Cranberry Isles schools for the past three years. She was hired in June to be the new assistant principal at Conners Emerson School in Bar Harbor.
Howard Colter, outgoing superintendent of the Mount Desert Island Regional School System, has continued to be involved with both the Swans Island and Cranberry Isles school committees in their principal search processes.
He said that he and the Swans Island school committee were impressed by DeGraca’s “enthusiasm, successful teaching experience and her value for building a stronger sense of community among teachers, staff and parents.”
“We were also appreciative of Crystal’s belief that communication is central to building greater support for Swans Island School from the extended island community.”
Swans Island Elementary had 34 students this past year.
Eysnogle has served for the past three years as principal of the Frenchboro Elementary School, a one-day-a-week job. She will continue in that position as she takes on the Cranberry Isles job.
Colter said that, in addition to her strength as a teacher and principal, “She has a longstanding relationship with the Island Institute and was instrumental in starting a support system for teachers on islands up and down the coast.”
For the past 15 years, all Cranberry Isles students have attended the elementary school on Islesford. This fall, they will go to Longfellow School on Great Cranberry, which has undergone major renovations at a cost to the town of about $573,000.
“The school is beautiful,” Eysnogle said. “And I’m looking forward to getting to know Great Cranberry Island as well as I know Islesford.”
Ashley Bryan School on Islesford had 17 students this past year.