ROCKLAND, Maine — South School Principal Todd Martin has been working on his doctorate in literacy and wanted to put that to more practical use.
Martin said that is why he will be stepping down as principal to become a reading specialist at two other elementary schools in Regional School Unit 13. Martin’s last day as principal will be Nov. 30.
He will then be working on reading with students at the Owls Head Central School and the Gilford Butler School in South Thomaston.
Martin said Wednesday he wanted to return to teaching, and literacy has been the focus of his continued education.
“I wanted to put my education to good use,” he said.
Martin has been principal at the South School for four-and-a-half years. The South School has an enrollment of 197 students in kindergarten through fourth grade.
Lynsey Ward, the assistant principal/teacher at Rockland District Middle School, will take over as interim principal, according to RSU 13 Superintendent Lewis Collins. The middle school and South School are attached buildings in Rockland.
Collins praised Martin for his service as principal.
Ward will serve as interim principal through June. The position then will be filled through a traditional search process, he said.