Cape Elizabeth reopens search for school superintendent

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CAPE ELIZABETH — The School Board has reopened its search for a superintendent and will accept new applications through April 25.

According to Chairwoman Mary Townsend, the board decided to extend the search after conducting interviews with five applicants.

“We are very hopeful there are qualified people who didn’t see the advertisement in the first place,” she said. “You never know what can happen in the world of education. Things change and you never know who is available at any given time.”

Former Superintendent of Schools Alan Hawkins retired at the end of December, and is continuing as a consultant through April 15. Interim Superintendent of Schools Ken Murphy, the former school chief in Yarmouth, did not apply for the position.

Townsend said an 11-member Credential Review Committee that helped to review applications, screen candidates and offer a recommendation, has already been disbanded. The panel was made up of representatives from the School Board and Town Council, teachers, administrators and residents.

“I would hope we could recruit some of the same people if they are available to help us, since they know the process,” she said.

Search consultant Jackie Roy of Massachusetts-based J.A. Roy & Associates will continue to help the board in its search, Townsend said.

Applications must be submitted by April 25, interviews will be conducted in May and depending on the applicant, the job will begin on July 1.

“If the candidate is a sitting superintendent the time line may have to be adjusted based on contracts and obligations,” Townsend said. “In any case, we plan to get this process going again.”

Applications and information are available at www.capeleadershipsearch.com. Information is also available from Roy, 508-398-7527.

Townsend said it is better to wait to for the right candidate instead of rushing the process.

“We have to trust the process,” she said. “I know we will attract the right person.”

Amy Anderson can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 110 or aanderson@theforecaster.net. Follow her on Twitter: @amy_k_anderson

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