School board approves administrative changes

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PARIS — The Oxford Hills School Board of Directors unanimously approved a new administrative staffing plan Monday that will eliminate 2.5 principal positions and save a projected $210,000.

The move is one which Superintendent Mark Eastman said is necessary to address a projected $2.6 million reduction in state aid in the next year’s budget.

No elementary school principals will lose their jobs because three have resigned or retired recently.

Under the new plan, George Sincerbeaux will remain as principal of the Guy E. Rowe Elementary School in Norway and Jane Fahey will remain as principal of the Paris Elementary School. Margaret Emery will remain principal of Waterford Elementary School and also assume the principal’s position at the Harrison Elementary School. Melanie Ellsworth will be principal of the Agnes Gray School, where she is currently the administrative leader, and also take on principalship at the Hebron Station School.

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Kim Ramharter, currently principal at the Harrison Elementary School, will become principal at the Oxford Elementary School.

Oxford Elementary School Principal Alan Struck recently announced his retirement, and Hebron Station School Principal Tiffany Karnes and Otisfield Community School Principal Linda Park have announced their resignations. Park will remain at the school at least through the next year in as yet an undetermined post, according to Eastman.

Denise Inman will stay as assistant principal at the Oxford Elementary School, Jane Morse will stay as assistant principal at the Guy E. Rowe Elementary School and Mary Lou Peterson will stay as assistant principal at the Paris Elementary School, according to the plan.

A vote on the plan to move some fifth and sixth grade students from the smaller elementary schools to the medium size elementary schools in Oxford, Paris and Norway, and reduce some instructional personnel won’t be taken until April.

“We certainly heard what the communities said and we’re still at the drawing board,” Assistant Superintendent Rick Colpitts said Monday of the community forums that were held over the last month to get feedback on the plan from parents and other residents.

School officials are also looking at changing the administrative makeup of the high school and technical school to include one principal, one technical assistant and two assistant principals. The boards of both the high school and technical school would appoint an interim technical school director.

The Oxford Hills Middle School principal would remain along with one assistant principal.

ldixon@sunjournal.com

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