Portland school to open without principal

Posted June 03, 2011, at 11:17 a.m.
Last modified June 03, 2011, at 11:39 a.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — An elementary school in Portland is going to open in the fall without a principal.

Instead, the Reiche Community School will be led by a team of two lead teachers, a parent, a district representative and the chairs of four teacher committees.

The school board approved the leadership change on Tuesday, after staff, parents and district officials spent months studying teacher-led schools in Colorado, Minnesota, Massachusetts.

Superintendent Jim Morse says Reiche has the right combination to make this leadership model successful.

The Portland Press Herald says the two lead teachers will work half time in the classroom and one of them will always be on duty in the main office.