Deer Isle names new principal

DEER ISLE — Deer Isle-Stonington High School has a new principal.

The board voted earlier this month to hire Dennis Duquette.

Duquette replaces Ed Hatch, who resigned after serving for one year.

School Union 76 Superintendent Christian Elkington said Duquette will be paid a salary of $90,000. The new principal will not receive insurance benefits, per his request, according to Elkington.

The board is enthused about Duquette who last served as principal of Westfield High School in Westfield, Mass. That was the 2016-17 school year.

“He has a really wonderful record working with staff and with students and improving schools,” said School Board Chairwoman Jane Osborne. “He is just a wonderful candidate.”

Duquette could not immediately be reached for comment.

In related business, a committee of educators, municipal officials, parents, residents and school officials has been meeting to determine the future of high school education on the island.

To that end, residents are invited to the first “Future of Our Schools” public hearing slated for Wednesday, July 25, at 6 p.m. at the high school.

Next week’s meeting will be the first of four public hearings scheduled, with a final recommendation from the committee due in December.

The high school building has been deteriorating. Low student population is contributing to higher than average per-pupil education costs.

New principal Duquette is on the “Future of Our Schools” committee, as are community member Bobbi Billings, Stonington Town Manager Kathleen Billings, Deer Isle Town Manager Jim Fisher, Superintendent Elkington, School Board member Skip Greenlaw, parents Kim Hutchinson, Jill Larrabee, Tracie Morey and teachers Mary Penfold and Terry Siebert, Head of School Lynne Witham and building contractor Jeremy Stewart.

Jennifer Osborn

Jennifer Osborn

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