News Feature

Originally published in The Weekly Packet, March 29, 2018
Sedgwick begins search for new principal, again
Dow resigns effective June 30

by Anne Berleant

Less than one year into a two-year contract, Sedgwick Elementary School Principal John Dow has resigned, effective June 30. Dow informed the school board of his decision to resign at the board’s March 20 meeting.

The school board held an emergency meeting the following week to discuss the first steps in a search to replace him.

“I feel the info we collected during our process [in 2017] is still very relevant for our next search, and that the process we used last year was a good one,” Superintendent Chris Elkington said prior to that meeting. “With less time, I will be suggesting to the board that we adjust last year’s process to be used again this year.”

Dow was named assistant principal for Deer Isle-Stonington CSD 13 in 2016 and then applied for and was hired as a teaching principal in Sedgwick in spring of 2017, with a July 1 start date, from a pool of five candidates who underwent the interview process.

An assistant principal and history teacher at Lee Academy prior to filling the new-and-since-abandoned assistant principal position at CSD 13, Dow said he plans to return to full-time teaching after discovering that the best part of his day was when he’s in the classroom.