Cape Elizabeth board begins search for new school chief

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CAPE ELIZABETH — The School Board will meet with representatives of the Maine School Management Association next week to discuss the process of hiring a new full-time superintendent of schools.

In the meantime, the board has been working to find an interim to replace Superintendent Alan Hawkins, who announced his retirement effective Dec. 31.

Hawkins will stay on as a consultant from Jan. 1 through April 15, 2011, to assist in the transition to a new superintendent, and to work on curriculum, instruction, assessment and an emergency plan.

“My job is to make sure I am doing what’s right for the kids,” Hawkins said this week. “I want to make sure I give the next superintendent the tools they need to succeed.”

The board met in executive session on Sept. 13 to consider an application for the interim job, and on Sept. 14 and 22 to discuss the superintendent search.

Chairwoman Rebecca Millett said next week’s workshop will provide the board with information to begin the search for a full-time superintendent. The workshop will be at 7:15 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 29, in the William Jordan Conference Room at Town Hall.

“The board has been working on both the interim and full-time superintendent process,” she said. “But nothing is definitive yet.”

Hawkins is not a part of the search process. He said he will help the new superintendent transition into the job by creating a booklet with important information, agreements made and works in progress.

“I feel very strongly that I need to leave organized information for the next person,” he said.

Hawkins said he does not want to be a full-time superintendent again, but would like to remain in the education field.

“I’m not ready to hang it up yet,” he said. “I may look into working at the university level and utilize my leadership skills.”

Amy Anderson can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 110 or