Dubois takes over as new Van Buren principal

VAN BUREN, Maine — School board members voted Wednesday, July 12, to hire Karen Dubois as the new principal for both the Van Buren elementary and high schools.

She replaces Timothy Kane who resigned in June to take another position in southern Maine.

Dubois has spent most of her 22 years in education as an elementary school teacher at Maine School Administrative District 24 in van Buren.

“This seemed like a natural progression,” Dubois said Friday. “I got lots of encouragement from my colleagues and past administrators.”

Her knowledge of the students, staff and culture of the school and community are strengths Dubois said she brings to the position.

“For the past few years I have been taking on a lot of leadership roles,” she said. This has included serving as the district’s curriculum coordinator the past two years.

She was one of six finalists who were interviewed for the principal position, according to SAD 24 school board vice chair Anthony Martin.

Dubois said she is interested in strengthening the links and communication between the students, staff and community.

“It takes all of them to educate a child,” she said.

Dubois was born and raised in Fort Kent and earned her teaching degree from the University of Maine at Fort Kent. She subsequently earned her master’s degree in education from the University of Maine and is working on her doctorate from Northcentral University, an Arizona-based online institution.

She and her husband, Madawaska Police Chief Ross Dubois, live in Madawaska.

In other school business, board members approved a proposal to hire SAD 42 Superintendent Elaine Boulier to serve as a part-time superintendent.

Kane also served as the district’s superintendent and following his departure former superintendent Clayton Belanger stepped into that role while the board considered its options.

According to Martin, Belanger will retain some of the district’s administrative functions after Boulier comes on board.

The details of Boulier’s contract are not yet finalized, but Martin said she will work approximately 60 days per year for SAD 24. The part-time arrangement will be evaluated after one year, Martin added.

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