BREWER, Maine — The school board’s search committee has selected a new superintendent of schools, but ongoing contract discussions are preventing the release of his or her name, Superintendent Daniel Lee said Friday.
“They’re still in negotiations with that individual, so it’s still confidential,” he said.
A special Brewer School Committee is scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday at the Brewer Community School to make the selection official.
“They’ve been interviewing for two weeks,” Lee said.
A workshop meeting for the selection committee was held Wednesday and the last of about nine interviews was completed, Lee said. He did not know how many people applied for the job he’s held since September 2005, but said a residency requirement, voted in by residents last June, “really took out people who lived nearby.”
Voters changed the city charter to require all superintendents hired after June 30, 2013, to become residents of Brewer within three years.
Lee said he is retiring to spend more time with family who live in Missoula, Mont.
“I have two little granddaughters there who are 18 months old and we have one daughter,” he said referring to he and his wife Chris, a third-grade teacher at Bangor’s Vine Street School who is also retiring.
The longtime school official started out teaching English and remedial reading in Fort Kent in the 1970s, was a principal in Machias, and Bangor where he spent 16 years at the Fruit Street School and two years as assistant principal at James F. Doughty School, then known as Bangor’s Fifth Street School.