PORTLAND – Ira Waltz, assistant superintendent of the Wells-Ogunquit Community School District, has been named to be principal of Deering High School.

Superintendent Jim 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 for the positions and seek the School Committee’s endorsement when it meets at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the cafeteria at East End Community School.

“Both of these candidates have excellent credentials,” Morse said Monday. “I’m confident the staffs at both schools will be pleased with their new administrators.”

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

Waltz was an administrator in Portland schools in the 1990s. He was Deering High’s assistant principal in 1996-97, teaching principal at Peaks Island Elementary School from 1993 to 1996 and interim principal at Reiche Community School in 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 in New Hampshire.

Waltz will replace Ken Kunin, who will resign at the end of June. Waltz’s annual salary will be $105,260 — the top of 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 working at King Middle School as an educational technician, then became a technology education teacher, lead teacher and teaching strategist.

He has 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.


Staff Writer Kelley Bouchard can be contacted at 791-6328 or at: [email protected]


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