MONMOUTH, Maine — Rick Amero, a longtime teacher, coach and administrator at Monmouth Academy, has resigned as the school’s principal, according to SAD 2 officials.
Amero, who has worked at the school for 24 years and has served the last two as principal, tendered his resignation to take the athletic administrator’s job at Maine Central Institute in Pittsfield, SAD 2 Superintendent Virgel Hammonds said Tuesday afternoon.
Hammonds said Amero informed the superintendent of his decision Monday. Monmouth Academy’s last day of classes was Tuesday.
Amero couldn’t immediately be reached for comment Tuesday afternoon.
In addition to teaching and coaching, Amero has also been an athletic director at Monmouth Academy and been a longtime cross-country and track and field coach.
“He’s a great, great leader,” Hammonds said. “It’s a big loss for us for sure.”
Amero’s cross-country squads have had numerous successes during his tenure, with his boys teams winning four state championships since 2000, the most recent coming in 2008.
Hammonds said SAD 2 officials are in the process of constructing a search committee to find Amero’s replacement. The position will also be posted on servingschools.com.
The superintendent said he hopes to have a new principal in place by the middle of the summer.
Dave Campbell had been the interim athletic director at MCI after Earl Anderson’s resignation in the summer of 2012. Anderson had left the post to take a similar job at Nokomis Regional High School in Newport.