ELLSWORTH, Maine — A man who spent several years at the local high school as a coach and teacher is returning as the interim principal.
Bruce Lindberg has agreed to be the top administrator at the school for the 2014-2015 academic year, Ellsworth schools Superintendent Dan Higgins said Thursday.
He said the school department was not satisfied with the short list of candidates who applied for the job on short notice after former principal Renee Thompson abruptly resigned last month to take a job in Rockland. Lindberg has agreed to accept the position for a year while the school district searches for a long-term replacement and is not interested in keeping the job beyond the end of next June, Higgins said.
Lindberg, a former teacher, coach and assistant administrator at Ellsworth High School when it was located on Forest Avenue (where Ellsworth Elementary-Middle School is now located) served as headmaster at Lee Academy in the town of Lee from 2005 through 2013. He also spent four years as principal at Bucksport High School from 1989 to 1993 and several years as principal at Piscataquis Community High School in Guilford in the late 1990s and early 2000s.
“Bruce is known very well in Ellsworth,” Higgins said.
Having someone with Lindberg’s experience in the position is important for the 2014-2015 academic year, Higgins said. He added he is new to his superintendent post, with Ellsworth having just re-established its own school department after being part of RSU 24 for the past five years, and that the entire department will have to readjust to not being part of the large regional school system.
What the appointment might mean for Lindberg’s assignments at other schools wasn’t clear Saturday. Contact information for Lindberg could not be found over the weekend.
Just two months ago, Lindberg was hired as coach of the boys’ varsity basketball team at Bucksport High School. He said at the time that, after retiring from Lee Academy in January, he took a part-time position at Washington Academy in East Machias that was expected to send him overseas in spring and fall to recruit international students.
“I had the whole middle of the winter free, and this job came open, so I threw my hat in the ring,” Lindberg said in June.
Given the time commitment of being a high school principal, it is expected that Lindberg will have to relinquish his assignments in Bucksport and East Machias.
Lindberg, a Rumford native, began his varsity coaching career during the mid-1970s at Dirigo High School in Dixfield, then spent one season at Skowhegan before an eight-year stint at Ellsworth High School from 1979 to 1987, the last two years of which he also served as the school’s assistant principal.
BDN reporter Ernie Clark contributed to this story.