DEER ISLE — Christian Elkington, superintendent of School Union 76 and Community School District 13, has resigned to take a position as superintendent in Farmington — closer to his home — effective July 1, according to a press release from school officials.
School Union 76 is comprised of Brooklin, Sedgwick, Deer Isle and Stonington (as CSD 13).
“Superintendent Elkington first came to SU 76 in May 2016 during a period of upheaval and public dissatisfaction with school leadership,” said Jane Osborne, chairwoman of the CSD 13 School Board.
“Chris has been an outstanding superintendent for our union, and while I am deeply saddened by the thought of his departure, I support his desire to work closer to home,” said Union 76 School Board Chairwoman Elizabeth True. “In addition to launching strategic plans and setting ambitious goals for himself and the union, Chris was able to find time to fix longstanding administrative issues in the district. His strong supervision skills helped him to develop his staff to meet his high goals. All of this was critical when responding to the pandemic and pivoting to remote learning with almost no notice. We are so grateful for all he has done to strengthen our union and leave it in a much better place for his successor.”
Elkington commented, “I think a great deal has been accomplished in my time here. We problem-solved and set a direction for improvement, which has made good progress through the hard work of dedicated staff, supportive parents and determined school boards throughout the union. I have really enjoyed getting to know our different communities and have forged some long-lasting connections, however, I do look forward to working in a larger district with different challenges and being closer to my home. I feel confident that I’m leaving the Union in very good shape and that the improvements made and in process will make the entry for whoever follows me easier.”
The Union 76 board will begin searching for Elkington’s replacement with help from the Maine School Management Association.
This is the second superintendent vacancy on the Blue Hill Peninsula.
Earlier this year, Union 93 Superintendent Mark Hurvitt announced his retirement effective June 30.
There has been no word on how that search is progressing.