PORTLAND — Superintendent Jim Morse has chosen Ira Waltz, assistant superintendent of Wells-Ogunquit Community School District, to be principal of Deering High School.

Morse also has chosen Hiram Sibley to be assistant principal at King Middle School, where he has worked since 1996.


Morse will formally recommend Waltz and Sibley and seek the School Committee’s endorsement when it meets at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the cafeteria at East End Community School.

Waltz has served as assistant superintendent of the Wells-Ogunquit schools since 2002. He previously held several administrative positions in the Scarborough schools, including interim assistant superintendent.

Waltz worked as an administrator in Portland public schools in the 1990s, including as Deering’s assistant principal (1996-97), as teaching principal at Peaks Island Elementary School (1993-96) and as interim principal at Reiche Community School (1997-98).

He has a bachelor’s degree in secondary education and social sciences from the University of Maine at Farmington, a master’s degree in special education from Southern Connecticut State University and a master’s degree in educational administration and supervision from Plymouth State College.

Waltz will replace Ken Kunin, who will resign at the end of June. Waltz’s annual salary will be $105,260, which tops the experienced-based pay scale negotiated by the principals’ union.

Portland High Principal Mike Johnson’s salary is $98,245 and Casco Bay High Principal Derek Pierce’s salary is $81,347.

Sibley began at King as an educational technician and then became a technology education teacher, lead teacher and teaching strategist.

He holds a bachelor’s degree from Bates College, a master’s degree in public policy analysis from the Muskie School of Public Service at the University of Southern Maine and a certificate of graduate studies in Leadership for Tomorrow’s Schools from USM.

Sibley will replace Kathleen Bouchard, who will retire at the end of June. Sibley’s salary will be $71,500.

Each position drew about a dozen applications, Morse said.