2015-10-30 / Community

District selects new Consolidated principal

By Duke Harrington Staff Writer

Karen Bubar Karen Bubar KENNEBUNKPORT — A two-month search has netted a prospective new principal for Kennebunkport Consolidated School.

In an Oct. 26 press release, Regional School Unit 21 Superintendent Katie Hawes named Karen Bubar, 43, of Portland as the “sole finalist” for the position.

Bubar will be officially nominated for the post at the Nov. 2 school board meeting. A salary to go along with a three-year contract will be decided at that time, Hawes said.

Former Consolidated School Principal David Crandall announced his resignation at the start of the school year, Sept. 1, after accepting a job in northern Maine.

The school district launched a search process two days later, forming a 10-member interview team.

According to Hawes, 17 people applied for the top job at Consolidated School. The interview team spent four hours screening applications and selected seven to interview.

“The KCS principal search process yielded a very strong pool of candidates from across the country and Karen Bubar was our unanimous top choice” Hawes said, when asked to cite what made Bubar stand out from the pack.

“She has a proven track record of successful leadership of a high-performing elementary school,” Hawes said. “Her views of teaching and learning, collaboration and communication, and accountability align beautifully with our district. Karen’s positive, calm and approachable disposition paired with her desire to return to a small community school made her our top choice.”

But the selection process was no cake ride. Candidates were asked to complete three writing prompts as part of their applications.

These essays focused on supervision and evaluation of teachers, development of an entry plan into the school and district, and decision-making structures and processes. During their interviews, candidates were also asked to complete two additional writing samples — one, a letter introducing themselves to the school community and the second, a description of how they would handle a conflict scenario, also taking into account where surveys of parents and community members, who detailed their desired qualities in a new principal. A full day was spent interviewing and deliberating before Bubar emerged as the unanimous choice.

Bubar is currently principal of Mabel I. Wilson School in Cumberland, a K-5 school serving more than 600 students in SAD 51.

During her nine years as a school administrator, Bubar has served as principal of Drowne Road School in the Cumberland/North Yarmouth district. Prior to that she spend nine years as a classroom teacher, special education teacher, and district math coach.

Bubar holds a certificate of advanced study in educational leadership from the University of Southern Maine, as well as a master’s degree in special education from the University of Southern Maine, and a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Saint Joseph’s College.

She holds Maine administrator certification qualifying her to work as a superintendent, director of special education, curriculum coordinator, and K-12 principal. Additionally, she maintains Maine teacher certification in K-8 general elementary and K-12 special education.

According to Hawes, Bubar’s application materials describe her leadership style as “child-centered, organized, thoughtful, and trustworthy.”

“I am looking forward to the opportunity to work with the staff, students, parents, and community members at Kennebunkport Consolidated School, and the greater RSU 21 district,” Bubar said on Monday. “I have spent some time researching the district and feel confident that the mission of the district matches my philosophy quite well. The size and unique culture of KCS is very appealing as well. I have worked in a small school before and appreciate the connections that can be made in such an environment.

“I hope that I can bring my learning from a variety of roles during the past 18 years of experience in education to the position in an effort to continue moving the work forward while keeping the unique culture of the school intact,” Bubar said.

Bubar spent Monday morning, Oct. 26, at Consolidated School meeting with staff, parents, community members and visiting students. She is expected to begin her duties as principal on Jan. 4.

“I am honored to be a part of this school and community,” she said.

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