2018-03-02 / Front Page

Principal pulls back from resignation

By Michael Kelley Staff Writer


Scarborough High School Principal David Creech waves to the crowd as he drives along Municipal Drive toward the high school Feb. 26. (Michael Kelley photo) Scarborough High School Principal David Creech waves to the crowd as he drives along Municipal Drive toward the high school Feb. 26. (Michael Kelley photo) A little more than a week after saying he will step down at the end of June, Scarborough High School principal David Creech rescinded his resignation citing his desire to continue serving as principal of the high school, but it is unclear if Creech will have that opportunity beyond this school year.

Creech originally resigned from the principal position, effective June 30, on Feb. 16, but changed his mind after vocal support from parents and students. Creech, a former assistant principal and math teacher at Kennebunk High School, was hired as Scarborough High School principal in 2013 after former principal Dean Auriemma stepped down.

Creech’s attorney William Michaud, a Portland based attorney, said the issue began on Feb. 15 when Creech was called into Superintendent Julie Kukenberger’s office and was told “if he did not resign, he was not going to be continued beyond his current contract.”


Dozens of members of the school community, many of them high school students, gathered Monday, Feb. 26 to offer support to Scarborough High School Principal David Creech, who resigned from the post in mid-February, only to change his mind a week and a half later. It is unclear if his contract will be renewed at the end of the school year. (Michael Kelley photo) Dozens of members of the school community, many of them high school students, gathered Monday, Feb. 26 to offer support to Scarborough High School Principal David Creech, who resigned from the post in mid-February, only to change his mind a week and a half later. It is unclear if his contract will be renewed at the end of the school year. (Michael Kelley photo) “He asked why and was told he was no longer a good fit for the district,” Michaud said. “This was a very unexpected turn of events. He has been in education in Maine for 32 years and he did not want to end it this way with a non-renewal.”

Michaud said Creech talked about it with family and friends and decided he “didn’t want to leave Scarborough.”

Michaud was retained by Creech on Thursday, Feb. 22, the day he and Creech met with Kukenberger, Scarborough Board of Education Chairman Donna Beeley and the school’s attorney “in an attempt to come up with some sort of compromise.”

That, Michaud said, was unsuccessful.

After further consultation with Creech, Michaud sent an email, and letter to Kukenberger Feb. 24 rescinding the resignation.

“We are just waiting to see what the next move is to see if he can rescind his resignation,” Michaud said early Monday afternoon, hours after dozens of students, parents and community members converged in front town hall holding signs and voicing their support for Creech.

Kukenberger told the Leader since she already accepted his resignation, Creech cannot rescind it.

“Mr. Creech submitted his resignation to me and pursuant to Scarborough board policy (on resignations), I have accepted it,” Kukenberger wrote in a Feb. 26 email to the Leader. “It is my understanding that if a person resigns and the resignation is accepted, it cannot be rescinded and therefore Mr. Creech’s last day of employment with Scarborough will be the date he has chosen – June 30, 2018. I look forward to working with Mr. Creech the remainder of the year in a collaborative manner with the best interests of the students and staff at Scarborough High School in mind.”

Michaud said the issue centers around Creech and Kukenberger having professional differences, but did not disclose what those are.

“It is not uncommon for there to be professional disagreements, but we don’t know what they are because we are just being told he wasn’t a good fit,” Michaud said.

In his nearly five years as high school principal, Creech has built a tremendous connection with students and citizens in Scarborough,

Michaud said.

Michaud knows a little something about school leadership in Scarborough. Prior to becoming an attorney, he worked as the superintendent of Scarborough schools from 2001 to 2006.

“I have a great affinity for Scarborough,” he said. “Some of my best years in education were in Scarborough. I hate to see this happen to this community.”

Staff Writer Michael Kelley can be reached at news@scarboroughleader.com.

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