ANSON — The board of directors of School Administrative District 74 will begin searching for an interim superintendent while continuing to meet with school board members in neighboring Madison about possible collaboration regarding the job.

Current SAD 74 Superintendent Ken Coville is leaving the Anson-based district to take over as president and director of development at Good Will-Hinckley in Fairfield.

Wednesday night the board decided to use the Maine School Management Association to advertise the vacant superintendent’s position, which initially will be full-time, indefinite and interim. The board voted 9-3, with one board member abstaining, to use MSMA; and it voted unanimously on the criteria for the search.

The district includes Anson, Embden, New Portland and Solon.

“We’re looking to put an interim superintendent in right now so we don’t have to be in a total rush to hire someone by August 25,” Vice Chairwoman Tammy Murray said during the discussion Wednesday night. “It gives us time to find the right person.”

Meanwhile, the board’s superintendent search committee already has met once with school board members in Madison-based School Administrative District 59, where Superintendent Todd LeRoy announced in March he also would be resigning before the start of the 2016-2017 school year.

“We’ve had conversations about whether we can share (a superintendent) or maybe we won’t, but it is a conversation that should happen,” Murray said. “Whether we end up sharing one or not, it gives us time.”

The next meeting between the Anson search committee and the Madison board is scheduled for July 25.

Also Wednesday night, the board appointed Bobbi Sue Harrington, of New Portland, as board chairwoman and Murray, of Anson, as vice chairwoman for the 2016-2017 school year.

Rachel Ohm — 612-2368

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