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The Island & The Peninsula
Web exclusive, May 13, 2021
Elkington, School Union 76 superintendent, resigns

School Union 76 Superintendent Christian Elkington has resigned from his post overseeing schools in Deer Isle, Brooklin and Sedgwick. He also served Isle au Haut Rural School.

Elkington has accepted the position of superintendent of the Mt. Blue Regional School District, headquartered in Farmington, beginning July 1, according to a press release from the Union 76 board. The Mt. Blue District comprises nine schools, serving 2,400 students from 10 towns.

Elkington first came to Union 76 in May 2016 during a period of upheaval and public dissatisfaction with school leadership. It was his first superintendency. Union 76 Board Chair Elizabeth True commented in the press release, “Chris has been an outstanding Superintendent for our Union, and while I am deeply saddened by the thought of his departure, I support his desire to work closer to home.

“In addition to launching strategic plans and setting ambitious goals for himself and the Union, Chris was able to find time to fix longstanding administrative issues in the district. His strong supervision skills helped him to develop his staff to meet his high goals. All of this was critical when responding to the pandemic and pivoting to remote learning with almost no notice.

“We are so grateful for all he has done to strengthen our Union and leave it in a much better place for his successor,” True concluded.

Elkington, in reflecting on his time as superintendent, said, “I think a great deal has been accomplished in my time here. We problem-solved and set a direction for improvement, which has made good progress through the hard work of dedicated staff, supportive parents and determined school boards throughout the Union.

“I have really enjoyed getting to know our different communities and have forged some long-lasting connections, however, I do look forward to working in a larger district with different challenges and being closer to my home.

“I feel confident that I’m leaving the Union in very good shape and that the improvements made and in process will make the entry for whoever follows me easier,” Elkington said.

The Union 76 Board will begin the search process immediately with consultation help from the Maine School Management Association.