LEWISTON — Lewiston School Superintendent Bill Webster is taking a three-month sabbatical this fall and winter using unused vacation and time off.

In his absence, Assistant Superintendent Tom Jarvis will take over superintendent duties.

On Monday, the Lewiston School Committee was asked to approve giving Jarvis a stipend of $5,000 for the extra responsibilities.

Webster said he’ll be off from Oct. 24 through Jan. 24 to “recharge his batteries.” He will be back in time to prepare for the next year’s budget.

Webster and his wife are planning to use the time to sail to the Bahamas, Webster said.

Webster, 66, who recently became a grandparent, said he’s not planning to retire immediately, but that he’s pleased two local administrators are undergoing superintendent internships.

Lewiston High School Principal Shawn Chabot and Lewiston Middle School Principal Jake Langlais are both doing one-year superintendent internships, working with Webster in the next year.

State regulations require future superintendents do internships of 320 hours. Both will take on some superintendent duties in the next year while running their schools, Webster said.

“Time will tell, but my hope is that we groom within Lewiston future educational leaders,” Webster said.

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