Internal post draws interest

BAR HARBOR — Matthew Janger, who is stepping down as principal of Mount Desert Island High School at the end of this school year, has been named principal of Arlington High School in Arlington, Mass., a city of about 43,000 northwest of Boston.

He will start his new job July 1.

Feb. 25 was the deadline for anyone who is currently an administrator in the Mount Desert Island Regional School System (MDIRSS) to apply for the principal’s job. Superintendent Howard Colter indicated last week that at least one person who fits that description has submitted an application.

He said the committee that has been formed to interview applicants was to meet Tuesday of this week “to discuss the candidate(s), qualities we are looking for in the next principal and to set a date for interviews.”

The interview committee includes administrators, teachers, staff and school board members.

“It is possible that I will be ready to nominate someone for this leadership position as early as March or April,” Mr. Colter said. “If not, we will post the vacancy far and wide.”

Mr. Janger has been principal since July 2009. In announcing his resignation in January, he said he hoped to find a job closer to his parents, who live on the Massachusetts island of Martha’s Vineyard.

Mr. Janger is moving from a high school with 530 students to one with an enrollment of 1,240.

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Dick Broom

Reporter at Mount Desert Islander
Dick Broom covers the towns of Mount Desert and Southwest Harbor, Mount Desert Island High School and the school system board and superintendent's office. He enjoys hiking with his golden retriever and finding new places for her to swim. [email protected]