BLUE HILL — Union 76 has hired former Superintendent Bob Webster to serve as interim superintendent starting Jan. 1, according to Union 76 School Board Chairman Mike Sealander.
Webster replaces Mark Jenkins, who resigned after igniting anger, particularly in Deer Isle and Stonington, over late filing of paperwork with the Maine Department of Education last year.
The late filing jeopardized funding for the island schools as well as for Brooklin and Sedgwick, the two other schools that comprise Union 76.
Jenkins had planned to finish out the school year until parents and community members were angered over his handling of the cancellation of Deer Isle-Stonington co-curricular insurance policy at the beginning of the 2015-16 school year.
Webster was superintendent of Union 76 for 19 years until he retired in 2013. He will fill in until the union hires an administrator for the permanent post.
Webster is also part-time superintendent for the school on Matinicus Island.
Sealander said the union would begin searching for a permanent superintendent after the new year.
Union 76 will pay Webster a per diem rate of $500 a day.
Jenkins has a “resignation and release agreement with the union,” Sealander said. “It buys out the rest of his contract.”
The union will pay Jenkins about $52,000, or half of his yearly salary of $104,000, the chairman said.