TRENTON — Crystal DaGraca has been named principal of Trenton Elementary School for the upcoming academic year.
DaGraca has been working in the Mount Desert Island Regional School System (MDIRSS), also known as Alternative Organizational Structure 91 (AOS 91), for 17 years. She has been a teacher at Pemetic Elementary School and Tremont Consolidated School. In 2016, she became principal of Swan’s Island Elementary School and since 2017 has been a teaching principal at the school, overseeing grades three, four and five.
Balancing multiple classrooms and administrative duties, “definitely prepared me for this job,” at Trenton, DaGraca told The American.
The Trenton school has been in the news recently as rising education costs have caused tensions in the Trenton community, ultimately leading to a referendum article that would have directed the town’s Select Board and School Committee to form a committee tasked with drafting a withdrawal plan to present to the state Department of Education and Trenton voters for final approval. That measure was rejected by Trenton voters 208-121 in May.
“I think it’s important to listen to all sides and try to find a balance,” DaGraca said of approaching the situation as a newcomer. “So, I’m hoping with fresh eyes … we can work together.”
“Having hard conversations can have positive results, we just have to have them in a productive way,” she added, noting the importance of having conversations with members of the community to ensure students have the best learning experience while being mindful of financial concerns.
“I’m thrilled to be here and I’m looking forward to meeting everyone and welcoming families back,” DaGraca said, adding she was eager to highlight the accomplishments of students and staff and become part of the Trenton community.
The outgoing principal of Trenton Elementary School, Michael Zboray, was named principal of Pemetic Elementary School in July.