BINGHAM — School Administrative District 13 Principal Julie Richard will retire at the end of the 2016-2017 school year.

Richard, who has served as a districtwide principal since 2012 and before that worked as a principal in SAD 13 from 1999 to 2006, was recognized for her service to the district Tuesday night at a board of directors meeting.

“Throughout her term of service, she has donated her time, energy, creative thinking, resources and kindness in the interest of others,” school board Chairman Brian Malloy said in a statement read Tuesday night. “Her curious mind and insightfulness have led her to be the kind of role model that every school committee wishes to have as a school leader.”

A member of the Upper Kennebec Valley Memorial High School class of 1968, Richard went to college at the University of Maine then went on to work at the Good Will-Hinckley School in Fairfield before earning her master’s degree in education administration from Springfield College in Massachusetts.

She also is second selectwoman in Bingham.

Richard retired as principal of Dexter Regional High School in 2010 before coming out of retirement in 2012 to become districtwide principal in SAD13. The district serves students in Bingham and Moscow.

“Over the course of her career, Julie has fostered many initiatives, activities, fiscal opportunities, events and programs much too numerous to detail,” said SAD 13 Superintendent Virginia Rebar in a letter sent to the Morning Sentinel.

Also Tuesday night, the board approved the proposed 2016-2017 budget of $3,462,508.

The draft budget, still subject to voters’ approval, is up $29,605 from the current school budget, with residents in Bingham being asked to raise about $66,000 in additional school taxes while residents in Moscow will pay about $140,000 less than they did last year.

The district is also looking at a decrease in state funding of $59,293 from last year.

Finally, in other business Tuesday, Malloy and board of directors Vice Chairwoman Bonnie Atwood were re-elected to their positions as officers for 2016-2017.

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