ELLSWORTH — Michael Pinkham of Sullivan is resigning from the Regional School Unit 24 (RSU 24) Board effective June 15 because he said he would like to work more directly with students.
Pinkham is chairman of the board and has two years remaining on his term.
He announced his resignation at the June 7 RSU 24 Board meeting.
“It really, really bothers me to have to resign,” Pinkham said, “but it’s time for a career change.”
He said he would like to be involved in a teaching capacity within the RSU, but under state law first has to be separated from the board for one year.
Should the right position materialize, Pinkham said he may resign from the Marine Patrol, where he has served for 33 years.
Years ago Pinkham was “Officer Salty” at the Mountain View School in Sullivan and several other area elementary schools.
He would bring in a large aquarium stocked with baby lobsters, scallops, urchins, sea cucumbers, sea stars, mussels and clams and talk about sea life.
“I enjoy dealing with children,” said Pinkham, who, with his wife, Virginia “Lea” Pinkham, has three adult sons. “I have trained a lot of people I worked with and they seem to be doing well. I want to see what presents itself.”