Deer Isle-Stonington Can Get Grant Without Firing Principal

DEER ISLE — School officials learned this week that they would not have to fire the high school principal to be eligible for a share of $12 million in federal funding to improve schools.


The Deer Isle-Stonington High School was on a list of the state’s 10 “persistently lowest-achieving schools” released by the Department of Education March 9.

The schools that made the list are eligible for a share of $12 million in federal funds, provided they adopt one of three models available to Maine for turning schools around.

In Deer Isle-Stonington’s case, that would mean replacing high school Principal Todd West. School Union 76 Superintendent Bob Webster has consistently maintained that he would urge the School Board to decline the federal funds if it meant losing West.

Webster’s stance on the issue was heavily supported by School Board members, teachers, students and community members at a community forum March 23.


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