PARIS — Maine School Administrative District 17 directors voted unanimously Monday to hire Elizabeth King as director of special education.

She succeeds Jan Neureuther, effective July 1.

King has served in the same role at Regional School Unit 23 in Old Orchard Beach for the past six years. Before that, she worked at Old Orchard Beach High School as its Individualized Education Plan coordinator and as a middle school special education teacher.

Directors also approved Anthony Timberman as vice principal of Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School and Caitlin Dailey as vice principal/dean of students at Oxford Elementary School.

Timberman was formerly dean of students at Lewiston High School.

Oxford Hills School District Superintendent Heather Manchester, right, announces at Monday night’s board meeting that substitute school bus driver Amy Trip, left, is Staff Member of the Month for June. The recognition was held in the Forum at Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School in Paris. Nicole Carter/Advertiser Democrat

Dailey has been math coach at the Oxford school the past seven years. In 2023, she was named instructional coach of the year by the Maine Curriculum Leaders Association. She succeeds Assistant Principal Darcy Frances.

Manchester also announced that substitute bus driver Amy Tripp is June’s Staff Member of the Month.

Manchester said in her administrative report that as the school year draws to a close, district and school administrators are gearing up to fill vacancies. She noted that open special educator positions are a concern. However, for the first time in the past several years, the district’s gifted and talented department is fully staffed, there is a new board certified behavioral analyst, as well as more social workers.

At the beginning of the meeting, Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School’s top 5% of graduating seniors and their families were recognized by the board, which hosted a brief reception with refreshments.

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