DISHS principal gives his notice

DEER ISLE Deer Isle-Stonington High School Principal Dennis Duquette has tendered his resignation effective at the end of the school year.

The CSD 13 Board was to hold a special meeting Wednesday, Jan. 20, at 5 p.m. to discuss the next steps.

Duquette, who was hired three years ago to replace former principal Todd West, said he isn’t sure what he will do next, but he will miss the island school community.

“It was not an easy decision to decide on moving on from my position as principal,” Duquette said. “I have grown to truly enjoy the students, community and our incredible staff, but I am looking to do something different in the near future. Not sure what that will be, but it will probably be in education or at least working with students.”

“Over the last three years our staff have transformed the high school in every way possible,” said Duquette. “It could never have happened without their positive attitudes and willingness to give so much to students and the community. Our community believed in us and gave us incredible support.”

School board members will miss Duquette as well. 

“Dennis is a people person and it showed,” said Jane Osborne, the board’s chairwoman. “He built strong relationships with the students, staff and community, which helped improve morale and reduce behavior problems at the high school. He showed his positive outlook from the minute he arrived by heading up, with some staff and parents, a massive community effort to improve the high school building and grounds. That effort started to rebuild pride in the high school.”

Duquette would bring his dog, Jake, to school.

“Under his (and Jake’s) influence, many students started to look forward to coming to school,” Osborne said. “It is now our job to build on his successes.”

Jennifer Osborn

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