School Board members, who completed interviews with superintendent finalists on May 24, hope to announce the name of Cape Elizabeth’s next school chief by early June, School Board Chair Mary Townsend said on May 26.
The board will choose between two finalists, one from Maine and one from out of state. Both are educators in high-performing school districts.
“We are collecting any additional information that board members feel they need to make this decision,” Townsend said the day before The Cape Courier went to press. “Both finalists are of such high quality it will be a difficult decision, but that’s a great problem to have.”
In March, after interviewing five finalists for the job that Alan Hawkins held until his Dec. 31 retirement, the School Board reopened its superintendent search because none of the candidates were “the right match for our district,” Townsend said at the time.
In this second round, 18 educators from around the United States and one from outside the country applied for the position now held by Interim Superintendent Ken Murphy, who will work through June 30.
During the two searches, board members have devoted hours – weekends in addition to days and nights – finding the right match. But board members have no regrets.
“The quality of applicants we received this second round confirmed that reopening the search was absolutely the right decision,” Townsend said.