GUILFORD, Maine — Kevin Harrington, 45, didn’t waste much time after SAD 4 directors on Tuesday approved his nomination for Piscataquis Community High School principal.
At 6 a.m. Wednesday, Harrington was at the school acquainting himself with the building’s layout and greeting those employees who filtered into the school.
“I think he’s going to be a fantastic fit for our school,” SAD 4 Superintendent Paul Stearns said Wednesday. “I really think we have locked on to a person who has the skill set that we’re going to need.”
Harrington’s salary was set at $75,391.
Harrington also feels he will be a great fit.
“I cannot wait to get started and get the chance to meet people in the community, the students and the staff,” he said Wednesday. He calls himself a “people person,” someone who would rather do his paperwork before and after school or on weekends so he can spend more time in the classrooms and hallways.
“I feel as comfortable in a school setting as I do in my home,” Harrington said.
Last year, Harrington served a one-year assistant principal stint at Bonny Eagle High School in Standish, and before that he served as principal at Winthrop High School. While in Winthrop, he was engaged in the conversion of the school from a high school to a school for grades six through 12.
SAD 4 officials are planning to close the remaining elementary schools in Parkman and Guilford next year and consolidate all of the district’s children into the middle and high schools.
“He has hands-on experience working with the community, students and teachers going through a process like that,” Stearns said.
Harrington, who lives in Greene with his wife, Hazel, and their 2-year-old daughter, Michaela, plans to commute initially. His wife is a teacher in the Auburn school system. He said his wife grew up in Pittsfield and the family has a camp near Jackman, so he is familiar with the region. Both he and his wife served with the Army National Guard.
Harrington has a master’s degree in public administration and is certified as an assistant superintendent. He also has completed his course work and internship for a superintendency.