Will Hutchins (far right, at podium), an eighth-grade student at Ellsworth Elementary-Middle School, presents his Eagle Scout project to School Board members at a meeting on Jan. 14. Hutchins raised more than $12,000 to help build the dugouts for the school as part of his project. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY KATE COUGH

City schools superintendent receives contract extension, pay raise

ELLSWORTH — At a meeting on Jan. 14 at Hancock County Technical Center, Ellsworth School Board members voted unanimously to approve a contract extension and pay raise for Superintendent Dan Higgins.

Higgins will make an additional 3 percent starting July 1, a salary of $122,603.97, with a contract running through 2024.

Higgins thanked board members at Monday night’s meeting.

“I appreciate the action you’ve taken and your support and confidence,” he said. “It’s really a pleasure to continue working here in Ellsworth.”

Higgins was hired to lead the municipal school department in 2014, after city residents voted in 2013 to withdraw from Regional School Unit 24. When he was hired in 2014, Higgins had a salary of $105,000 and was given a three-year contract.

At Monday’s meeting, which was rescheduled from last week due to weather, Higgins announced that the district has “used all three days allocated” for weather-related cancellations.

If there are no other storms, the final day for students would be June 19.

Officials also announced the retirement of Cathy Lewis, who has been serving as pre-kindergarten through fourth-grade principal since May 2018. Lewis will retire at the end of the school year.

Kate Cough

Kate Cough

Kate covers the city of Ellsworth, including the Ellsworth School Department and the city police beat, as well as the towns of Amherst, Aurora, Eastbrook, Great Pond, Mariaville, Osborn, Otis and Waltham. She lives in Southwest Harbor and welcomes story tips and ideas. She can be reached at [email protected]

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