Thursday, December 5, 2013
AUGUSTA — Among several hires reported to the Augusta school board on Wednesday were new assistant principals for Hussey Elementary School and Cony High School.
Travis Works will be the assistant principal for Hussey Elementary, where the position of principal was replaced by an assistant principal as a money-saving measure following the resignation of former principal Michelle Michaud.
Works, 35, most recently was principal of T.C. Hamlin School in Randolph. Regional School Unit 11 eliminated that position during budget cuts earlier this year, leaving Works looking for a new job.
Before being hired at T.C. Hamlin in 2011, Works taught third grade at Bloomfield Elementary School in Skowhegan, where he lives.
Works said he was impressed with the instructional practices and professional development happening in Augusta when he first began looking for a job in administration.
“From the three weeks that I’ve been here, it’s definitely a great sense of community within the building, with the staff and the parents that I’ve met, and also the districtwide staff,” Works said.
Works was selected from among 34 applicants and will be paid $71,425 per year.
Bruce Dostie, a longtime mathematics teacher and coach at Cony High School, will be the school’s new assistant principal, filling the vacancy left when Kim Silsby became principal.
While the assistant principal’s position was vacant, Dostie filled a temporary role as dean of students, handling discipline and working with teachers and the public, Silsby said.
“He’s a well-respected person as an exemplary teacher and has strong accolades as dean of students,” Silsby said.
There were three applicants for the job. Dostie will be paid $72,112.
Also at the school board meeting on Wednesday, Interim Superintendent James Anastasio reported progress in the school department’s negotiations with employees.
The district’s negotiating team has reached tentative agreements with the support staff and the custodians, and members of those associations will vote on the agreements before they come to the school board.
Anastasio said he’s also optimistic about the possibility of reaching an agreement with teachers by the time school starts in two weeks.
Susan McMillan — 621-5645