Principal nomination expected next week

MONT VERNON – Howard Colter, the new superintendent of schools for School Administrative Unit 39, will nominate someone to become principal for the Village School at Thursday’s School Board meeting.

“Hopefully, we’ll have someone by next week,” he said.

The post was vacated in May when former Village School Principal Bob St. Cyr resigned with several weeks remaining in the school year.

There were 13 applicants for his job, according to PTA President Kim Roberge.

An interview committee made up of parents, teachers and administrators met with six of the applicants over the past month, Colter said.

The committee then narrowed the field to three candidates, one of whom has since withdrawn his name because he accepted another job, Colter said.

Colter met with both finalists privately this week and is now checking their references.

“Both are well qualified and currently administrators,” he said.

The finalists have been invited to Thursday’s School Board meeting at separate times for interviews that will be conducted by the board in nonpublic session, Colter said.

Colter will then meet with the board in nonpublic session and relate what he learned from his reference checks.

He will recommend one of the candidates and the board will act on whether to support his nomination, he said.

St. Cyr resigned his post in May, citing the need to support his wife and spend quality time with his two young daughters during an important time for his family.