August 20, 2019
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Rockland-area school board hires new high school principal

Contributed photo | BDN
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Jennifer Curtis

ROCKLAND, Maine — A high school science teacher will be the next principal at Oceanside High School.

The Regional School Unit 13 board voted Thursday night to name Jennifer Curtis as interim principal for the 2016-2017 school year. Superintendent John McDonald said after the meeting that Curtis could end up staying on beyond the one year.

School Board Chair Steve Roberts said that all who were spoken to about Curtis were unanimous in their support for her being hired to lead Oceanside.

Curtis said Friday she wants to build on the success at the school. She said this year has been one of deep reflection and that she is looking forward to stepping up from the faculty to help the district continue in the right direction.

Curtis has been a science teacher at Oceanside East since August 2012. She is the team leader for the science and math department. She also is active in working on the science and technology, engineering and math program at the school for the gifted and talented program.

She has worked with various universities, including the University of Maine, to improve STEM education in the state.

She has 11 years of teaching experience, including as a science instructor at Troy Howard Middle School in Belfast in 2011-2012 and at John Bapst Memorial High School in Bangor from 2001 through 2003.

She has coached soccer, field hockey, basketball and track and field at various schools.

Curtis will become interim principal as of July 1 following the departure of Renee Thompson, who announced her resignation in March.

During the past few years, the high school has added programs such as the Fishermen’s Academy and STEM programs in an effort to keep students in school. Oceanside is projected to have an enrollment of 510 students in the next school year, when it returns to a grades nine through 12 school.

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