Superintendent of Union 76 gets good report card



Union 76 Superintendent Christian Elkington
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DEER ISLE — The School Union 76 superintendent has received high marks.

The board of directors voted in December to extend Superintendent Christian Elkington’s contract through 2021.

Elkington is superintendent of the Sedgwick, Brooklin and Deer Isle-Stonington schools.

Mike Sealander is chairman of the Union 76 School Board.

Sealander said via email that he and three other district board members did a “scored evaluation” of Elkington and also offered written comments.

“All three school districts in the union scored Chris well,” Sealander said. “There was a consensus that he has been very competent. His communication style and ethics are appreciated, especially on the island. Island board members reported that when “challenges had to be addressed Chris has handled issues competently or more than competently.”

“All three districts find Chris to be devoting adequate time to them,” Sealander said. “The morale in the central office is markedly improved under Chris’s leadership.”

To that end, the board added two years to Elkington’s contract, extending it from 2019 to 2021.

The board also voted to give Elkington a 2 percent salary increase for FY 2018-19. He will be paid $111,843.

Elkington was hired in 2016 to succeed former Superintendent Mark Jenkins.

Elkington has worked in education since 1987, including work as a teacher and coach in Rockland. He had been a principal for 21 years when Union 76 hired him for the top post.

Jennifer Osborn

Jennifer Osborn

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