CAMDEN, Maine — William Shuttleworth confirmed Monday he has turned in his resignation as superintendent of Camden-area schools.
Shuttleworth, serving in his first year with the Five-Town Community School District and School Administrative District 28, informed board members on Friday. The resignation is effective June 30.
The superintendent said he is 65 years old, has been in education for 42 years and has not missed a day of work in 21 years. He said there were a lot of things he wanted to do and thought that this was the time since he is in good health.
“I’m 65 and I’m working 15 hours a day,” Shuttleworth said. “In 10 years, I’m not sure I will be able to hike the Grand Canyon.”
Shuttleworth was hired a year ago having previously served as superintendent of Regional School Unit 1, which serves the Bath area. The Five-Town CSD and SAD 28 serve Camden, Rockport, Hope, Appleton and Lincolnville.
Bob Lawson, chairman of the Five-Town Community School District board, said the announcement took the board members by surprise. Lawson credited Shuttleworth with focusing on curriculum and said the district has made great strides in the past year with his leadership.
Lawson acknowledged that the late timing of the decision would make it more challenging for the district to find a new superintendent.
“Clearly it’s not the best timing but its doable,” Lawson said.
Shuttleworth said the job has been all-consuming but that is the only way he does a job. He attends as many ballgames, kindergarten concerts and other school events as possible.
Lawson noted that one of the board’s priorities when it hired Shuttleworth was to find someone who would live and be part of the community.
Shuttleworth said he loves the area and he and his wife are building a home in Lincolnville.
Shuttleworth’s pending departure means that three adjacent midcoast school districts are looking for superintendents. RSU 13, which covers the Rockland area, has nine candidates for the vacancy created when Judy Lucarelli resigned in December. Bruce Mailloux announced in December he is retiring in June as superintendent of the Belfast-area RSU 20.
Nearly 20 districts in Maine have been searching for superintendents for the next school year.