CAMDEN, Maine — The Rockport-Camden area school districts will have to find a new superintendent.
The school board for SAD 28 and the Five Town CSD voted unanimously on Thursday to accept the resignation of Superintendent Patricia Hopkins, who has been in the position for nine years.
“I’m just ready for a new challenge,” Hopkins said in a phone interview Tuesday. “I feel it would benefit the district to have new leadership, new vision.”
Hopkins said she is leaving on good terms, and plans to take a new post as the superintendent of RSU 11 in Gardiner.
According to the minutes of last week’s school board meeting, which were released Tuesday, “the board agreed that Pat’s last day would be Aug. 6. She had planned to attend emergency management training sponsored by [the Federal Emergency Management Agency] in Maryland, but the board would prefer she spend her last week on the job here in the districts.”
The board then went into executive session, but no vote resulted from the discussion, according to the minutes.
Hopkins said her greatest achievement in the midcoast schools had to do with facilities improvements. She helped finish the construction of the new high school, helped renovate the middle school and helped purchase a Montessori school, she said.
The superintendent also said she helped the community through 2001, a year when six students died.
“I feel I was instrumental in helping us move beyond that and creating an education plan that brought community members together,” she said Tuesday.
Hopkins said she expects the school districts will hire an interim superintendent soon.