BAR HARBOR — Cindy Badger, an experienced special education administrator, has been named assistant director of special services for the Mount Desert Island Regional School System (MDIRSS).
The MDIRSS board Monday night approved her appointment at a starting salary of $78,000.
Badger has been director of special education for RSU 63, the school district that includes Holden, Eddington and Clifton, for the past 15 years. Prior to that, she was a classroom teacher.
“She is highly regarded and comes highly recommended,” Superintendent Howard Colter said. “And she is very excited about working for our school system.”
Badger is moving into the job held for the past seven years by Melissa Beckwith, who has been named director of special services. Beckwith succeeds Kelley Sanborn, who is stepping down after 16 years in that job. Starting this fall, Sanborn will be teaching students with severe disabilities at MDI High School.
The MDIRSS special services staff oversees the provision of special education, social work, psychological counseling and occupational therapy services for students in the district’s nine schools.