News Feature

Originally published in The Weekly Packet, March 14, 2019
Shake up in Sedgwick school administration

by Anne Berleant

Citing a grade four/five classroom with no teacher, Superintendent Chris Elkington proposed a plan that moved first-year Principal Andrea Faurot into the classroom full-time and hired Carla Magoon as co-principal for the remainder of the school year.

The school board approved the plan March 12.

Magoon, a former Deer Isle-Stonington Elementary School principal, is currently Technology Director at Sedgwick. Her compensation for co-principal is still to be determined.

Faurot will teach the grades four/five class, after it was left without a teacher. Hired to replace Jessica Valdez, who resigned effective February 15, Ethan Coit also resigned last Thursday, March 7.

Faurot, who was teaching some special education students, has previously taught full time.

“I think it’s an excellent step,” said parent Jennifer Larrabee, who also requested a communication plan on how the school will relay information to parents. “Communicating is at the core of how this school functions.”

Coit, chosen from a pool of three candidates by a hiring committee, is a Brooksville resident.

Elkington informed parents of the change on March 9 in a letter that cited personnel confidentiality laws, stating only, “The person we thought would be filling the position is no longer with us.”

Faurot, hired in May 2018 after first-year principal John Dow announced he would not return that fall, has a two-year contract and will keep her contracted salary for the remainder of the school year.

Samperi appointed to school board

In other school board action, Kelly Samperi was appointed to the board to fill a seat left vacant after town elections March 1. The vacancy was a result of incumbent Sommer Anderson running for, and winning, two open seats, one for three years and one for two years. She opted to fill the three-year seat, and Samperi, one of five candidates who ran for three open seats, garnered the most votes out of the losing candidates.

“Given that, and her great interest in the seat, we felt it was an appropriate appointment,” board member Marti Brill said.

Finally, Brill was voted in as the new chairman, with Anderson as assistant chairman.