SAD 41 chief leaving for Corinth principal’s job

Posted Aug. 27, 2008, at 8:52 p.m.

MILO, Maine — SAD 41 Superintendent Shirley Wright confirmed this week that she has resigned to take a position with SAD 64 in Corinth.

SAD 41 directors are expected to act on Wright’s resignation next week. Her end date on the job will be determined at the meeting, she said.

“It’s going to be really hard to leave. I care about the people, the staff and the students, but for me this is just a better fit,” Wright said Wednesday.

Wright, who has served in SAD 41 for 12 years including the last three as superintendent, said it was a personal reason and the state’s consolidation efforts that were the driving factors for her career change.

The personal reason stems from the fact she still has a child in school, Wright said. “I just want to be home more,” said Wright, who lives in Sebec and will take a principal’s job in Corinth.

In addition, the consolidation move by the state has been taxing, she said. “That’s been a process that has left me feeling pretty deflated,” Wright said.

“I don’t think it’s a good thing for rural Maine, and I think it could do some harm,” she said. “That did enter into my decision. It’s been a troubling process, but it’s law and people are trying to comply with the law. But the law could be harmful to this region.”

Wright said school funding is a problem already and that combining districts is going to make it more of a problem. “I think we could encounter some pretty drastic cost-shifting and no one seems to have any answers,” she said.

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