BREWER, Maine — Hampden native Jay A. McIntire was selected as the new superintendent of schools at a special school board meeting held Monday at Brewer Community School.
McIntire, a 1980 Hampden Academy graduate who is superintendent for SAU 64 in Milton, N.H., was nominated for the post at Monday night’s school board meeting.
McIntire said he and his wife, Kristin, want to raise their two sons, Miles and Ben, in Maine.
“It was definitely where we wanted to raise our family,” he said by phone Monday night. “We have a lot of friends and family in what I call the Brewer-Bangor area. This is really the final step to get back home.”
He was selected from a field of 10 applicants to fill the shoes of outgoing superintendent Daniel Lee, who is retiring at the end of the school year and moving to Missoula, Mont.
McIntire is scheduled to start July 1 and his salary will be $105,000 plus benefits.
Six of the 10 applicants were given interviews and three finalists were given a second interview, Lee said.
“We were very impressed with his clarity,” Chairwoman Janet McIntosh said before the school board endorsed McIntire’s selection. “He’s a great proponent of public education. We look forward to working with him.”
The school board unanimously endorsed the new superintendent’s nomination. School board member Dani O’Halloran was absent from the meeting.
“McIntire has six years of experience as a superintendent of schools, has been a special education director, a coordinator of gifted education and a junior high special education teacher,” Lee said in an email issued after the meeting. “He is a graduate of Hampden Academy, holds a BS in music from the University of Maine, a MA from Lesley College in environmental education and has done doctoral work on gifted education at the University of Virginia.”
The McIntires are in the process of selling their home in New Hampshire and made an offer on a house in Brewer on Sunday, Brewer’s newly selected superintendent said.
“[I’m] thrilled to be back home in central Maine and to give my young children an opportunity to grow up here,” he said in the statement. “I’m honored to take the reins of the highly-respected Brewer school district. I look forward to partnering with educators, parents, community leaders, and the business community to continue the fine work of raising healthy, happy, and academically successful students from Brewer and sending towns.”
Lee’s decision to retire had everything to do with two grandchildren who live in Missoula, he said on Friday. He has held the job since September 2005.
“I have two little granddaughters there who are 18 months old and we have one daughter,” Lee said referring to he and his wife, Chris, a third-grade teacher at Bangor’s Vine Street School who is also retiring.
The longtime school official started out teaching English and remedial reading in Fort Kent in the 1970s, was a principal in Machias, and spent 16 years in Bangor at the Fruit Street School and as assistant principal at James F. Doughty School, then known as Fifth Street School.
Lee’s last day is June 24.
McIntire plans to come to Brewer on Friday and Lee will introduce him to staff and teachers.
McIntire said it was his wife who started to look for jobs in Maine after their first son was born in Texas.
“Central Maine is where my heart is,” he said.
Correction: An earlier version of this story contained an error. Negotiations with Jay A. McIntire did not continue until the final seconds but were completed late last week.