This morning, Carpenter hand delivered a letter of statement to Newssource 8 regarding his decision to resign fro the post of SAD1 Superintendent effective immediately today. Carpenter handed his resignation to the SAD 1 school board Wednesday night in Executive Session. In his three paragraph statement, Carpenter says " I want everyone to know I am proud of the work I have done for three years for the school system. I know I have done a good job and the record reflects that. I did what the Board directed or voted on. I did not avoid the tough issues or give in to the setbacks but regrouped and moved forward. The Board did not believe I could lead the district which does not hold with the facts during my time with MSAD 1." Carpenter went onto say "I know that some individuals did not like me from day one but when asked why they could not give a reason. I believe this is political and do not agree with replacing me is best for the school system. While I am disappointed in this Board and its actions, I am leaving with my head high and hoping the district continues to improve."
According to Dixie Shaw, Hunger and Relief Services Program Director for the agency, plans are in place to see that federal workers and their families are fed.
SAD 1 is looking for a new superintendent...after Brian Carpenter - who held the title for three years - resigned at the school board meeting last night. Carpenter presented his letter of resignation to the board in executive session. It's effective tomorrow afternoon. News Source 8 was at last night's meeting and asked Carpenter for comment. He had no comment. We tried to contact him today as well, but he was not in the office. School board chair Lucy Richard says they're immediately starting a search for an interim Superintendent She says they hope to get someone in place as soon as possible. She adds that they've contacted the Maine School Management Association for help as they begin their search for a permanent replacement Richard says "we appreciate Mr. Carpenter's efforts over the past three years and we thank him for his service and wish him the best in his future endeavors." Carpenter was also the superintendent for MSAD 45 which is the Washburn school Department. Richard says whoever gets hired as the SAD 1 interim will fill that role in Washburn too, so it'll have to be someone their school board accepts as well.
Town officials in Washburn have made a decision on upgrading lighting in the community. Kathy McCarty spoke with the town manager about what this means for taxpayers.