Principal Leaving But Not Going Far

TREMONT — Dianne Waters, principal of the Tremont Consolidated School, is leaving at the end of the school year to take a job as principal of the Trenton Elementary School.


Ms. Waters, who has been Tremont’s principal for four-and-a-half years, replaces Gary Bosk, who announced this spring that he would be stepping down as principal in Trenton.

Dianne Waters
Dianne Waters
c“I’ve really enjoyed working at this school,” Ms. Waters said on Monday. “The students and teachers are wonderful. The community has been very positive.”

Ms. Waters said she isn’t leaving Tremont because she is dissatisfied. Instead, she is embracing the challenge of heading the Trenton school. Making such a move is not new for the Hancock woman. Throughout her employment history, she’s averaged about 5 years at each job.

“Then I think I’m ready for a challenge,” she said. “It keeps me vital. I couldn’t imagine myself in a position for 15, 20 years.”

During her tenure in Tremont, Ms. Waters worked with staff members to improve academics and the cultural environment.

“I think we’ve come a long way to meeting those goals,” she said. “I think we’re in a pretty good position.”

Rob Liebow, superintendent of the Mount Desert Island Regional School System (MDI RSS), commended Ms. Waters for what she has achieved.

“She did a fabulous job,” Mr. Liebow said.

One of Ms. Waters’ strengths is to take over as administrator of a school and work to improve test scores and the culture, Mr. Liebow said.

“Trenton is new to our district and I think she can do things along those lines,” Mr. Liebow said.

Ms. Waters’ final day in Tremont is June 30. The next day, July 1, she starts in Trenton.

A search is under way for Ms. Waters’ replacement, Mr. Liebow said. The deadline for applications is June 3.

Enrollment at the two schools is similar. Tremont has 125 students; Trenton, 117.

Ms. Waters has a master’s degree in educational leadership from the University of Maine and a bachelor’s degree in secondary education from Tennessee Tech University in Cookville. Her first job was as an English teacher in Tennessee.

After moving to Maine, she taught English at Belfast High School and Mount View Middle School before becoming assistant principal at the Conners-Emerson School in Bar Harbor.

Then she was principal at Hancock Grammar School for five years before going into professional development, working with the Downeast Educational Partnership (DEEP). While with DEEP, she also worked as a one-day-a-week principal at the Islesford Elementary School.

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