SAD 29 to cut assistant position

Posted Feb. 05, 2009, at 11:37 p.m.
Last modified Feb. 13, 2011, at 11:01 a.m.

HOULTON, Maine — The SAD 29 school district will move forward next year without an assistant superintendent, the school board decided earlier this week.

During its monthly meeting, the board voted 9-0 to eliminate the position that has been held for the past 13 years by Dawn Dougan.

The decision will take effect during the 2009-2010 school year.

“The decision was made with hesitation,” SAD 29 Superintendent Steve Fitzpatrick said Thursday. “This was a board-generated idea that was put forth in order to meet the fiscal challenges we are facing.”

The impact on the district will be significant, according to Fitzpatrick, but the move will help save SAD 29 about $36,000 overall.

He noted that in her capacity as assistant superintendent, Dougan has handled the district’s compliance with Adequate Yearly Progress mandates, teacher certification and other issues.

Fitzpatrick said he anticipates the work will be divided among other staff members.

“It is going to be difficult, a real challenge,” he said. “The Adequate Yearly Progress requirements are increased by the state and federal government each year, and we have to meet them each year. We will have several people doing the work that one person currently does and it will be hard to maintain continuity. This will not be easy.”