EASTON, Maine — Easton High School seniors won’t be the only ones moving on when they graduate in June. At Monday night’s Easton School Committee meeting, Superintendent Frank Keenan tendered his resignation. His last day will be July 30, 2011.
During the meeting, board members hired Georgette Ireland, who now serves as the Easton Junior-Senior High School principal, to succeed Keenan. She will be both the superintendent and high school principal for the 2011-12 school year. Ireland was offered a two-year contract, and her new duties will begin Aug. 1, 2011.
“Everybody has to get done at some point,” Keenan said of his retirement. “I feel that it’s time for me to move on while I’m still enjoying what I’m doing and while everything seems to be going pretty well.
“I’ve always wanted to retire when I’m feeling good and feel like I’m performing well,” said Keenan, “and not get to a point where you stay too long. I think we can make a nice transition here and set the district up for very strong leadership for a lot of years to come.”
This is Keenan’s 10th year as superintendent of Easton schools.
“I started in education in 1969,” he said. “I was a math teacher at the Bridgewater Grammar School for seven years and then taught math at Central Aroostook High School. I was sad to see the old grammar school go. I had a lot of wonderful memories there and a lot of great kids. At that school, we had a teaching staff of six people, and three of us ended up being superintendents — myself, Roger Shaw and Jake Clockedile.”
In 1983, Keenan began working for SAD 1, which serves Presque Isle, Castle Hill, Chapman, Mapleton and Westfield.
“I spent 18 years in SAD 1 and filled three different positions. I became the athletic administrator for grades K-12 in 1983 and held that position for eight years, was the assistant principal at Presque Isle High School for five years and the high school principal for five years, as well,” he said.
Keenan said he and his wife, Darrylin, love where they are and don’t plan to leave the area anytime soon.
“This has been my home for 40 years and I enjoy the area very, very much,” he said. “All my friends are here, and while we will probably spend some of the colder months south, we plan on staying in the area.
Though we certainly want to spend more time with our kids and grandkids, they’re all in-state, so it’s just a day trip. Our plans aren’t to leave the area permanently; we really like Aroostook County and love Presque Isle and the surrounding towns.”
The Keenans have two sons, Kyle and Kasey, and three grandchildren.