South Portland High School Principal Scott Tombleson will resign at the end of the school year, roughly two years after he became principal.

South Portland High School Principal Scott Tombleson  Cullen McIntyre/Staff Photographer

He announced his decision to the school community via email Wednesday.

“This was not a decision that was easy for me to make as I am exceptionally proud to serve the fantastic students, the wonderful staff, and the strong community of South Portland,” he said.

Tombleson does not know what he will do after he leaves the district, he said in the email. He has been principal at South Portland High School since July 2022.

His decision comes as the school community continues to deal with concerns about safety and security in the wake of an alleged plot in which a student was arrested last April and accused of planning to attack the school. A judge decided Tuesday that the 17-year-old student will be tried in juvenile court on one count of criminal solicitation for murder.

Superintendent Timothy Matheney said Tombleson’s leadership will be missed.

“I deeply appreciate Scott’s contributions to the (South Portland High School) community. He cares really deeply about our students and I think he has had a special dedication to the work of making sure our newest students have felt welcome.”

Tombleson declined to comment on his resignation and referred the Press Herald to the email he sent to the South Portland High School community.

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