Long-time Brunswick principal leaving for RSU 3

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BRUNSWICK — Jean Skorapa, who has worked in the Brunswick School Department for more than two decades, will be leaving this fall to become assistant superintendent of Regional School Unit 3.

She is the only principal Harriet Beecher Stowe Elementary School has had since it opened in 2011, and the second high-level school staffer to leave the district for RSU 3 in a year; Paul Austin, former director of student services, became superintendent of RSU 3 in June 2015.

Superintendent of Schools Paul Perzanoski announced Skorapa’s decision in a letter Tuesday, saying a search committee to find her replacement would be set up “as soon as possible.”

Skorapa worked for the Brunswick schools for 23 years, Perzanoski said, as a teacher, curriculum coordinator, and principal.

Reached by phone Tuesday, Skorapa said she was “very excited” about the new opportunity, but sad to leave the Brunswick public schools.

“I will deeply miss the children and the families and the extraordinary staff here,” she said. “I certainly wish them well on their next adventure.”

She said her new work in RSU 3, which is comprised of Brooks, Freedom, Jackson, Knox, Liberty, Monroe, Montville, Thorndike, Troy, Unity and Waldo, will include curriculum development, writing grant applications, and supervising principals.

She said she will stay with the Brunswick schools through August to help with the transition.

Walter Wuthmann can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 100 or wwuthmann@theforecaster.net. Follow Walter on Twitter: @wwuthmann.

Jean Skorapa is leaving her position as principal of Harriet Beecher Stowe Elementary School in Brunswick to become assistant superintendent of Regional School Unit 3 in Unity.

Brunswick/Harpswell reporter for The Forecaster. Bowdoin College grad, San Francisco Bay Area native. Follow for municipal, school, community, and environmental news from the Midcoast.