Baxter Academy has a new executive director.

Kelli Pryor, who has led the board of directors at the Portland charter high school, will replace Carl Stasio, who resigned in March, according to a news release from Baxter.

As founding board chair, Pryor signed the school’s charter and helped build partnerships for Baxter. The Windham woman’s new role will focus on strategic planning, development and community outreach.

Allison Crean Davis, the founding board vice chair, will replace Pryor as chairwoman.

“We feel exceptionally fortunate to have a school leadership team that has a history of effective collaboration and a shared vision and are confident that Baxter is in capable hands as it continues to grow in size and in impact,” Crean Davis said in a statement.

The school was originally launched by John Jaques, but school leadership changed in early 2013 when the board removed him and subsequently hired Stasio, who had retired as the head of Thornton Academy.


Stasio resigned to pursue accreditation work.

Portland’s first charter school, Baxter has 320 students from 66 towns in grades nine through 12. It will complete its third academic year in June, when it will also graduate its first senior class.

Correction: This story was updated at 2:36 p.m., April 27, 2016, to reflect the correct spelling of Kelli Pryor’s name.


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