Scarborough High School principal abruptly resigns

Posted Feb. 04, 2013, at 3:15 p.m.

SCARBOROUGH, Maine — A team of four administrators, led by School Department Curriculum Director Monique Culbertson, will oversee Scarborough High School after Principal Dean Auriemma resigned Friday, Feb. 1.

Superintendent of Schools George Entwistle III said he accepted Auriemma’s resignation, effective immediately.

“Mr. Auriemma has recognized that the demands of the job of high school principal are not compatible with meeting the needs of his family,” Entwistle said in a letter posted Friday on the school website and emailed to parents.

Assistant Principals Susan Ketch and Ray Dunn and Athletic Director Mike LeGage join Culbertson on the leadership team “that will immediately assume responsibility not only for the very essential work of attaining world-class teaching and learning, but also for the smooth day-to-day management of the school,” Entwistle said.

Auriemma will continue to be employed in the district through the end of his contract, which expires later this year. Entwistle said he “will contribute to important, districtwide, quality improvement initiatives.”

A former arts teacher in Chicago-area schools, Auriemma was named principal in 2010. He replaced former Principal Patricia Conant after the School Board decided not to extend her contract.

Entwistle said he has asked Pleasant Hill Primary School Principal Kelly Mullen-Martin and Scarborough Middle School Principal Barbara Hathorn to lead the search for a new high school principal.

The school chief said he would like to hire a new principal by July 1.

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