A former Portland school official has been named superintendent of schools for School Administrative District 6 in Buxton.

Paul Penna was approved by the SAD 6 board of directors at its meeting Monday night, the panel’s chairman, Lester Harmon, said in a press release.

Penna, the former principal of Bonny Eagle High School, was named interim superintendent last summer after Frank Sherburne resigned under pressure for violating the district’s nepotism policy by hiring his son.

Penna has worked as a police officer in South Portland, as a guidance counselor at Oxford Hills Junior High School and Portland High School, and as an assistant principal at Portland High School.

“We are pleased to have Paul Penna continuing in the position of superintendent of MSAD 6 schools. He has brought positive energy to the role of interim superintendent and we look forward to working with him in his permanent role,” Harmon said.

SAD 6 includes the towns of Buxton, Hollis, Limington, Standish and Frye Island. The district has about 4,000 students more than 600 employees.