WATERVILLE — Doug Frame is leaving his post as athletic director at Waterville senior and junior high schools to become assistant principal at the junior high.

“I was looking for a different challenge,” said Frame, 43, who recently concluded his 10th year as athletic director — four as athletic director and assistant principal at the high school and the last six as athletic director for both schools.

“I want to foster a safe and positive learning for the kids,” said Frame. “The age group has a lot of spunk and it’s important to channel it in the right direction.”

Frame will succeed Kristen Gilbert, who resigned in June to take the principal’s job at Warsaw Middle School in Pittsfield.

Superintendent Eric Haley said Frame has a three-year contract and will be paid $73,304 annually.

Haley said Frame is a great person for the job and that Frame and Carole Dodge, the newly hired junior high principal, make a great team.

Frame said he looks forward to working with Dodge, who for the previous four years was assistant principal at the high school.

She replaces Mick Roy, who resigned to become principal at Bonny Eagle High School in Standish.

“She (Carole) and I work really well together,” said Frame, whose duties will include student discipline, day-to-day operations of the school and staff evaluations.

Frame said he will strive to create a cohesive team approach among staff members and promote organization, discipline and accountability.

The graduate of Waterville Senior High School is working toward a master of business administration degree at Thomas College.

After earning an associate degree at Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston and a bachelor’s degree at the University of Southern Maine, Frame developed and taught a life skills course at Mid-Maine Technical Center.

Frame then taught architecture and physical science for a couple of years at the high school before becoming athletic director.

“This will be my 20th year with Waterviille,” said Frame, who coached boys and girls basketball at various levels along the way.

Frame and his wife, Angela, a guidance counselor at the high school, have three daughters.

Now that he’ll be free of athletic contest site management duties, Frame said he’ll have more time to watch his daughters’ athletic pursuits.

Morgan Frame is a junior at the University of New Hampshire, where she plays basketball; Taylor Frame is a sophomore at the University of Maine, where she plays soccer; and Alexa, is a junior student and athlete at the high school.

Ian Wilson, Waterville girls soccer coach as well as indoor and outdoor boys and girls track coach, said Frame was professional, kind and did a great deal to improve facilities.

“People don’t realize how much he did behind the scenes,” said Wilson, who lauded Frame for scraping together money in the budget so all athletes had two T-shirts and two pair of shorts for practice gear.

“In our community, we have haves and have-nots and because of this (providing practice gear), kids would come to practice dressed identically,” Wilson said.

Haley said an advertisement will run this weekend announcing the athletic director opening. He said he has already received calls about it.

Beth Staples — 861-9252

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