PARIS — While school districts, including SAD 17 grapple with the pressures of the pandemic on staffs, Oxford Hills has tapped two of its own with promotions.

Tara Pelletier has been named vice-principal at OHCSH. Supplied image

Tara Pelletier, currently vice-principal at Oxford Hills Middle School, has been named vice-principal for Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School, effective July 1.  She replaces John Springer, who is stepping down after 11 years.

“I am extremely excited about this opportunity to further my professional experience at our high school,” said Pelletier in an email statement to the Advertiser Democrat. “I am truly grateful for the opportunity to be assistant principal at our high school. I deeply love this community and Oxford Hills has been a wonderful place to raise our children.”

Pelletier moved to the area with her husband Nate in 2004. Her first position with SAD 17 was as teacher of English and social studies at OHMS. She became vice-principal at the school in 2011. She and her husband live in South Paris with their two children: son Teigan who is a freshman at OHCHS and Ella who is in 8th grade at the middle school.

“I strive to be a better educational leader,” wrote Pelletier. “It is my hope to one day be a principal and having a diverse experience will allow me to be a stronger leader. I am thankful I am able to further my professional experience here in Oxford Hills.”

David Coburn, who was hired as SAD 17’s assistant facilities director late in 2020, has been promoted to facilities director, effective May. 1, replacing Dean Dillingham.

David Colburn, left, with his son Brett. Colburn has been promoted to be SAD 17’s facilities director. Supplied photo

Coburn previously worked in facilities and maintenance positions at L.L. Bean and at SAD 52. He has also owned an operated a landscaping company for 11 years as well as a fitness gym for 17 years. He and his wife Lisa live in Turner with their two kids, daughter Marley who is entering Husson to study nursing next fall, and son Brett who is an avid basketball and football player.

“SAD 17 has incredible hard working people who have come together in these difficult times to do the best for our students and community,” Coburn said. I love the facilities and the employees of SAD 17. They have a work ethic, always striving to do their best.”

“I am always proud to say that I work at Oxford Hills,” added Pelletier.

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