Friday, February 12, 2010

Kittery School Committee Nominates New Superintendent

The Kittery School Committee is very pleased to announce that Allyn Hutton will be nominated as the new Superintendent of Schools to succeed retiring Superintendent Larry Littlefield starting July 1, 2010. Beginning its search for a new superintendent in October, the School Committee selected Ms. Hutton from a pool of nearly twenty candidates. At its regular meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 23 (re-scheduled from Feb. 16 due to school vacation), the School Committee is scheduled to take action to nominate and approve Ms. Hutton as Superintendent of Schools. Terms of her contract are being negotiated and will be made available when finalized.
Ms. Hutton says she is “eager and ready to be appointed as the Superintendent of Schools in a community that is focused on providing a quality educational experience for all students.” Dr. George Entwistle, a former Superintendent with whom Ms. Hutton has worked says: “Allyn demonstrates strong and effective leadership skills in guiding instruction, designing innovative educational programs and in day-to-day management in a challenging school environment.”
Ms. Hutton holds a Bachelors Degree in Social Sciences and a Masters Degree in Educational Administration from the University of Southern Maine. She earned her Superintendent Certificate from the University of Southern Maine in 2002. Starting her education career in MSAD #55, Kezar Falls, she taught at Sacopee Valley High School for 15 years before becoming the school’s Assistant Principal/Athletic Director for 4 years. Ms. Hutton then served as the Sacopee Valley High School Principal for 6 years when she became the Principal of Falmouth High School where she has been since 2002.
Ms. Hutton has been very active in her professional organizations. She has served on the Advisory Board for the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, Board of Directors for the National Association of Secondary School Principals, and Management Committee for the Maine Principals Association. Ms. Hutton was honored to be selected as the 2007 Maine High School Principal of the Year.
Kim Bedard, Kittery School Committee member who led the search process for the new Superintendent, says: “We had great support from the community, parents, staff, students and the Board in this process. It’s a great feeling to know that we are on track to continue the challenging and top-notch work in Kittery schools. We were fortunate to have excellent candidates to choose from, and I believe that Ms. Hutton has the background and leadership qualities we need in the Kittery School Department.”