June 22, 2018
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Medomak Valley High School principal resigns following unexplained absence

By Lauren Abbate, BDN Staff

The principal of Medomak Valley High School resigned from his post at the school Thursday, following his recent unexplained absence from the school.

Andrew Cavanaugh’s resignation was accepted by the Regional School Unit 40 Board of Directors during a special board meeting originally scheduled to hold a dismissal hearing.

The board was in executive session for just over an hour Thursday night meeting with the school district’s attorney. After returning from executive session, the board said no dismissal hearing would be held because Cavanaugh resigned.

RSU 40 superintendent Steve Nolan could not comment on the reason for Cavanaugh’s resignation. Prior to his resignation, Cavanaugh had been absent from the school for an unexplained reason, according to the Lincoln County News.

For the remainder of the school year, Nolan said the high school’s two assistant principals, Linda Pease and Tamara Philbrook, along with Athletic Director Matt Lash and Assistant Director of Special Services Steve Ocean will work as a team to lead the school.

The district will likely begin accepting applications for a new principal this spring, Nolan said.

Cavanaugh has been the principal of Medomak Valley High School since 2015, previously working as an assistant principal and as a teacher at the school.

His resignation coincides with a complaint received by Waldoboro police. It alleged inappropriate contact between a Medomak Valley staff member and a student, the Lincoln County News reported. The complaint was referred to the Knox County Sheriff’s Office and an investigation found no crime.

In the investigation of that complaint, a separate investigation into a second RSU 40 staff member was sparked and referred to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s office, according to Sheriff Todd Brackett.

Brackett said Tuesday that the sheriff’s office currently has an open investigation into a staff member within the district, but could provide no further details about the nature of the investigation.

Medomak Valley High School is located in Waldoboro, serving as the high school for RSU 40, which includes the towns of Waldoboro, Friendship, Union, Warren and Washington.

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