June 18, 2018
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SAD 29 continues search for superintendent

By Jen Lynds, BDN Staff

HOULTON, Maine — As school started for SAD 29 on Wednesday, the school board continued its search to find a superintendent to lead the district of roughly 1,300 students.

Steve Fitzpatrick resigned in June after being at the helm for six years.

The district comprises four schools with students from Houlton, Littleton, Monticello and Hammond.

Elizabeth Anderson, chairwoman of the school board, said that the board began advertising for Fitzpatrick’s replacement immediately. A hiring committee has been organized, and its members are sorting through resumes received from a number of candidates, she said Thursday.

“The search is going well,” she said. “We haven’t started interviewing people yet, but we have gotten resumes from candidates.”

Fitzpatrick was hired as superintendent in July 2004. Before coming to SAD 29, he served as principal of Hodgdon High School in the nearby district of SAD 70.

Less than a month after his resignation, Fitzpatrick, 55, was named the principal at Belfast Area High School in Belfast.

The SAD 29 board appointed Peter Edgecomb, a state representative and retired superintendent from Caribou, to serve as interim superintendent. He began work July 6.

Anderson said that she expects that the hiring committee will begin conducting candidate interviews “shortly.”

“It’s not something we are going to rush,” she said.

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