SEDGWICK – The School Union 76 Board on June 24 hired an interim superintendent for the upcoming 2021-22 school year.
School Union 76 encompasses Community School District 13, which includes Deer Isle and Stonington, as well as Brooklin and Sedgwick.
Robert England Jr. will start July 1 and replace Christian Elkington who is leaving to take a superintendency at Mt. Blue Regional School District closer to his home. England’s salary is $118,000 for the year.
Elizabeth True, Union 76 board chairwoman said, “this longer interim period will allow the union board time to fully review the feedback received through the community survey and launch a full search to find the best pool of candidates for the permanent position.”
“It also allows time for the union to plan a smooth transition between Mr. Elkington’s term and the new permanent superintendent, including addressing any planning that had to be put on hold as we responded to the pandemic,” True said. “This is a model used by many organizations to set the new leader up for success.”
England has extensive leadership experience in education, including working as a teacher, assistant principal and superintendent.
“He was a middle and high school math/science/economics/technology teacher, worked on district technology, and served as assistant principal within RSU 40 in mid-coast Maine,” the chairwoman said. “He served as superintendent of the Acton, Isleboro and North Haven school departments. Thus, he brings knowledge of both island and coastal schools to the position. A man of many talents – he is also a Master Maine Guide and spent the last several years building his own home on the coast.”
“Mr. England is uniquely suited for the role of interim in the union, as he not only has extensive superintendent experiences, but has also served limited term contracts as a superintendent to achieve specific goals of transition and training for the districts he served,” True said. “As an outsider, he can be objective, review what works and what needs improvement, and make tough calls to better prepare the union for success in the future.”
England has a bachelor’s degree in economics and a master of science in education leadership from the University of Maine.