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South Portland High School principal retires after 13 years

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South Portland High School principal retires after 13 years

SOUTH PORTLAND — Jeanne Crocker will retire at the end of this school year after 13 years as South Portland High School's principal.

In an interview, Crocker, of Scarborough, said she will take the position of assistant director for professional development with the Maine Principals' Association in Augusta. She will begin her new job this summer.

"The impetus for this early retirement is the Governor's proposal to reduce retirement benefits for teachers and administrators, including the elimination of health insurance payments," Crocker wrote in a statement. "It has been the joy of a lifetime to have shared these years with the young people of our community, and I look forward to continuing to support many Red Riot activities in the coming years."

Crocker was a Spanish and French teacher for more than a decade before taking the principal position in South Portland. She received the Maine Principals' Association Principal of the Year award in 2003.