MILLINOCKET, Maine — The school committee might have a new superintendent within a few weeks to succeed Sara Alberts when she retires this year, Chairman Thomas Malcolm said.
The search committee appointed to find Alberts’ successor has interviewed several candidates and has two finalists, Malcolm said.
“I am hoping that I will have something to announce next week,” Malcolm said Wednesday.
Alberts will retire effective June 30 as superintendent of the Katahdin region’s public schools, including Union 113. She announced her retirement in a letter to the combined Union 113-Millinocket boards dated Nov. 30. She said she and her husband have accepted “a prolific job opportunity that utilizes our collective management experiences.”
She has been the Katahdin region superintendent since 2004.
Union 113 serves East Millinocket, Medway and Woodville. Alberts is the third superintendent in the Katahdin and Lincoln Lakes region to be leaving at the end of the school or budget year. She joins Superintendent Michael Marcinkus of RSU 67, which serves Chester, Lincoln and Mattawamkeag, and SAD 30-Union 110 Su-perintendent Michael Lambert.
SAD 30 serves Lee, Springfield, Webster and Winn; Union 110 serves Lakeville and the plantations of Carroll, Drew, Macwahoc and Reed.
The Union 113 board has decided not to share superintendents, hiring Omar Norton of Jonesport, a veteran superintendent, to succeed Alberts temporarily when she retires.
Norton will provide stability to the union’s schools as the Union 113 board searches for Alberts’ permanent replacement and defines the replacement’s responsibilities. Norton will work part time, board members have said.