AUBURN---Saint Dominic Academy has announced that due to a retirement and the establishment of a new role as part of a reorganization of responsibilities for current administrators, two new principals will be hired for the school’s Auburn and Lewiston campuses prior to the 2016-2017 school year.
Donald Bilodeau, the principal of the Lewiston campus (Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 6), will retire as a full-time administrator at the end of the current school year. He is expected to remain at the school in a part-time capacity.
“When we were fortunate enough to get Mr. Bilodeau on board, he said he could give us five years. Well, that was six years ago,” said Donald Fournier, president of the academy. “His dedication to strengthening the academy and preserving the Catholic identity of the school are well known throughout our community. We are thrilled he will still contribute to the mission of the school on a part-time basis.”
Joline Girouard, the principal of the Auburn campus (Grades 7 through 12), will assume a new position at the academy focused on implementing the school’s new strategic plan and identifying opportunities to improve the Saint Dominic Academy student experience.
“Mrs. Girouard has spent her entire professional career ensuring that the students at our school become well-rounded, value-centered individuals,” said Fournier. “In her new position, she will be able to oversee the academy’s efforts to enhance our current curriculum and student life while also helping to assess possible avenues we should pursue to grow as an institution.”
Both Mr. Bilodeau and Mrs. Girouard assumed their current roles as principals in August of 2014 when Saint Dominic Academy adopted a president/principal model of school administration.
“With the exception of filling the two principal roles, Mrs. Girouard’s new position and additional organizational shifts will allow us to build on the great work already done by these team members,” said Jim King, superintendent of Maine Catholic Schools. “It’s laid the foundation for us to move into the next phase of building Saint Dominic Academy. The goal will be to utilize the skills of our current personnel without adding to the overall number of staff members. The school’s focus on integrity, community, and academic excellence will always remain unchanged.”
A national search will begin immediately for the two principal vacancies.