DEER ISLE — Deer Isle-Stonington is searching for a new principal to lead the high school.
Principal Ed Hatch, who was also the school’s athletic director, has tendered his resignation. Hatch will remain until the end of the school year.
“As for my next move, it is still up in the air and there isn’t much for me to say at this point,” Hatch said in an email. “The future is wide open.”
Union 76 Superintendent Christian Elkington said Hatch was leaving education.
School Board Chairman Jane Osborne, said “We’re very sorry Ed felt it was time to change careers but look forward to finding somebody who can help move us forward.”
Hatch had been Bucksport High School assistant principal for six years before taking the Deer Isle post. He had succeeded former principal Todd West, who is now the Bucksport Middle School principal. West had been principal at Deer Isle-Stonington for 10 years.
High school education on Deer Isle is in a bit of flux. The high school has an average population of 120 students. The school building needs a lot of work. School officials have been considering a K-12 model as one solution — moving the high school students into the elementary school.
Osborne said the board is looking for an educator with “strong communication, organization and leadership skills and the willingness to be a team player.”
An advertisement for the position lays out the numerous challenges of the job.
“We are seeking a results-focused, problem-solving, experienced and determined leader to help us use our new strategic plan along with additional community planning time over the next year to set a firm course for grades 9-12 education as our community determines what high school education in or out of or district will look like in the years to come.”
“In order for our district to realize our new mission and vision, we must determine if we can provide an academically challenging, integrative and community-involved program in grades K-12 and whether or not our students will be able to thrive in a new K-12 school model or some other well-planned alternative,” the ad states. “We seek a leader who combines administrative and instructional excellence along with knowledge of ‘best practices’ in supervision, place-based learning, planning and consensus building.”
The application deadline is May 21 with a start date of July 1.