The Regional School Unit 21 board of directors on Monday appointed an interim superintendent to lead Kennebunk schools for the 2014-15 school year.

Kevin Crowley, the current principal of Mildred L. Day School in Arundel, will take over for outgoing Superintendent Andrew Dolloff, who is leaving his post June 30 to become superintendent of Yarmouth schools.

Crowley, of Kennebunk, has been principal of Mildred L. Day for the past four years, and before that was principal of Sea Road Elementary School in Kennebunk for seven years. He came to Maine from Massachusetts, where he was the principal of a Blue Ribbon School and was named the Massachusetts Elementary Principal of the Year in 2000.

Kevin Knight, chairman of the board of directors, said Crowley’s reputation as an educational leader and his knowledge of the district were the two key factors in the board’s decision to appoint him.

“Dr. Crowley comes to the job with instant credibility from his years of outstanding school leadership in the district,” Knight said in a statement. “We are confident he will take on the tasks and initiatives that we have been working on and move us forward without missing a beat.”

Also on Monday, the board appointed Kathryn Hawes as assistant superintendent.

Hawes, of Lyman, is currently finishing her sixth year as the director of instructional support and assistant superintendent of the Gorham School Department. She was previously the director of support services in Gorham and a special education teacher in Yarmouth.

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