Wednesday, December 11, 2013
By Edward D. Murphy email@example.com
PORTLAND – Jim Morse, who told the Portland School Board in October that he was retiring and wouldn't seek to have his contract extended beyond June, is taking a job in a New Hampshire school district.
Morse said Friday night that the Oyster River School District had offered him its superintendent's position two weeks ago and that he accepted. However, Morse said he and the district have not yet reached agreement on a contract.
Morse will start the new job July 1. Although his contract in Portland runs through June 30, he said he would likely take vacation time for his last two weeks on the job.
As for taking the job after announcing his retirement, Morse said, "Sometimes, life throws you some curves."
Morse is widely credited with restoring the Portland district's focus and footing after he took the job in the midst of a financial crisis in July 2009.
The Oyster River School District, which covers the towns of Durham, Lee and Madbury, has about 2,100 students in four schools. Portland has nearly 7,000 students in 15 school.