May 21, 2018
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Brewer high school principal resigns to go back to teaching, school board gives raises to staff

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Rebecca Bubar
By Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN Staff

BREWER, Maine — The school board accepted with regret the resignation of high school Principal Becky Bubar on Monday night, but it’s not goodbye for the longtime educator, who will return to her roots as a special education teacher.

Bubar was hired as the interim high school principal for one year in 2006 and accepted the full-time job the following year, Superintendent Daniel Lee said Tuesday.

“Ms. Bubar came to the position at a time when Brewer High desperately needed stability,” the superintendent said. “She provided a strong sense of order and got things back on track.” Bubar also helped move the school forward and was instrumental in researching and putting into place “a number of important programmatic improvements during her tenure,” Lee said.

“I will always be grateful for her excellent leadership and commitment to our students,” the superintendent said.

The job has been or shortly will be posted and “we’re hoping to fill that by Aug. 6,” Lee said.

The Brewer School Committee also approved pay raises for two groups.

Support staff and administration — secretaries, accountants, directors — got a 2.5 percent pay raise but “they are going to take on a greater share of their [health] insurance,” the superintendent said. “They didn’t have an increase last year.”

A collective bargaining agreement for nonunion staff — custodians, maintenance and food service personnel — also was approved and gave “a 1.5 percent increase for the past year that we didn’t have a contract; 1.5 percent for this year; and 2 percent for the year after, fiscal year 2013-14,” Lee said.

Teachers are on the last year of their 3-year contract, which means contract negotiations will begin in the fall, he said.

The school board also approved researching the possibility of starting a lacrosse club sport, which means “we’ll begin looking to see if there is interest in the area,” Lee said.

No estimates about costs were available. The move is the first step in starting a program and whether or not there is interest will determine if the club sport is pursued, the superintendent said. “I think there is interest in the area,” Lee said.

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