SCARBOROUGH — Superintendent David Doyle announced Thursday that he will be leaving his job at the end of the next school year after 24 years in the School Department.

“I will graduate with the class of 2011,” Doyle told the School Board Thursday night.

Doyle was appointed to the position four years ago after serving as the assistant superintendent from 1997 to 2005. Before that, he was the assistant principal at Scarborough High School.

Doyle said he hopes to be remembered for increasing the number of Scarborough graduates to who on to college.

“When I came to Scarborough in 1987, about 50 percent of kids went on to college,” he said. “That trend has changed dramatically since I’ve been here. It wasn’t all my doing, but I helped to redirect that. That’s something I’m proud of.”

This year, 87 percent of graduates will go on to a two- or four-year college.

School Board member Jacquelyn Perry said the board has known about Doyle’s plan to retire for several months, but that budget issues forced him to hold off making the announcement.

“There’s no forcing him out or any of that business. He and his wife just came to the decision that it was time for him to retire,” she said.

Perry said the board has not yet discussed the process for replacing Doyle, but that in the past it has relied on the Maine School Board Association to assist in searches.

“I was in charge of the last two superintendent searches, and they both went extremely well,” Perry said.

“I’ll be sorry to see him leave,” she added. “He’s done a great job for the district.”

Doyle said he hopes to do more photography in his retirement.

“I’ve been taking some classes. I’m getting ready to do an exhibition,” he said.

The board also approved Doyle’s 2011 contract and salary on Thursday. His salary was set at $112,455, which is the same as this year.

School Board Chairman Brian Dell’Olio, Finance Committee Chairman Bob Mitchell and School Board member John Cole voted against the contract. Dell’Olio and Mitchell expressed frustration that there was no salary increase written into the contract.

“It should be an incentive-based contract,” Mitchell said.

Emily Parkhurst can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 125 or [email protected]

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