About Us

“The Maine Principals’ Association builds partnerships that provide a network of resources, exemplars of leadership and a culture of collaboration for the benefit of all school community members.”

What is the Maine Principals' Association?

The Maine Principals' Association is a private, educational, nonprofit corporation with voluntary membership that is comprised of two distinct divisions:

Division of Professional Activities

Active membership in this division is open to elementary, middle/junior high and high school principals, assistant principals, technical education center directors, assistant directors and other administrators who function primarily as building principals or assistant principals. Associate membership is open to former administrators, graduate students enrolled in administrative certification programs, and other individuals interested in school administration. The Professional Division has over 800 members.

Division of Interscholastic Activities

Public and private high schools statewide are eligible for membership in the MPA. These schools come together to promote, organize, and regulate interscholastic activities in the state of Maine. The MPA currently sponsors invitational championship competition in 19 different interscholastic activities for the young men and 15 different interscholastics activities for young women in Maine's high schools. All public high schools and a number of private schools are MPA members; they currently total 151.

How Does the MPA Financially Support of These Events?

The MPA receives money from tournament activities, institutional dues, and individual professional dues. The moneys received from tournament activities help defray the costs of activities that don't bring in enough revenue to offset their expenses. For example, the income from the state basketball tournament will be used to fund non-income-producing students' activities. Of the twenty-four activities sponsored by the MPA, only one shows a profit, fourteen have income but not enough to cover expenses, and nine have no income at all.

A Legacy of Leadership

Although it is a relatively young organization, the Maine Principals' Association boasts a proud heritage of leadership and service within the state's educational community. The MPA was chartered in 1992 as the result of a merger between the Maine Secondary School Principals' Association, which was incorporated in 1951, and the Maine Elementary Principals' Association, which was incorporated in 1975. The forerunner of the MSSPA was the State Principals' Association, founded in 1927.

Internal Organization

The Maine Principals' Association has four elected officers: a president, president-elect, coordinator for the National Association of Secondary School Principals, and state representative for the National Association of Elementary School Principals. An executive director, who is appointed, serves as secretary and treasurer. Each division of the MPA has a Management Committee to manage its business affairs. Association members work actively on these standing committees:

Interscholastic Division - Baseball; Basketball Commission; Basketball; Cheerleading; Classification; Cross Country; Debate and Speech; Drama; Eligibility; Field Hockey; Financial Affairs; Football; Golf; Ice Hockey; Lacrosse: Music; National Honor Society; Nominating; Officials' Fees; Ski; Soccer; Softball; Sportsmanship; Student Council; Swim; Tennis; Track (Indoor); Track (Outdoor); Volleyball and Wrestling.

Professional Division - Assistant Principals; Curriculum and Instruction; Legislative; New Administrator Induction & Mentoring; Nominating; Professional Development; Resolutions; Retirement; and Supervision and Evaluation.

Officers and Staff

President

Dan Welch, Principal
Boothbay Region High School
Townsend Avenue
Boothbay Harbor, ME  04538
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President-elect

Maggie Allen, Principal
Windsor Elementary School
366 Ridge Road
Windsor, ME  04363-0082
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Staff

Executive Director Richard A. Durost This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Assistant Executive Director Michael R. Burnham This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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Assistant Executive Director Gerald R. Durgin This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Executive Assistant Patty Newman This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Secretary Tammy McNear This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Bookkeeper Diane Patnaude This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Directions

Directions to MPA Conference and Meeting Center

50 Industrial Drive, Augusta, ME 04330
Telephone: (207) 622-0217
Fax: (207) 622-1513

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Directions from the South:

  • Take Exit 112B off Interstate 95, and go North on Route 27.
  • On Route 27 (Civic Center Drive) go 7/10 of a mile and turn left at light onto the Leighton Road (opposite the Elks Lodge).
  • On Leighton Road take first right hand turn onto Industrial Drive.
  • The MPA Conference Center is the third building on the left.

Directions from the North:

  • Take Exit 112 off Interstate 95, and go North on Route 27.
  • On Route 27 (Civic Center Drive) go 7/10 of a mile and turn left at light onto the Leighton Road (opposite the Elks Lodge).
  • On Leighton Road take first right hand turn onto Industrial Drive.
  • The MPA Conference Center is the third building on the left.

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Recent News

Administrator Evaluation Model

The Maine Principals' Association's Supervision and Evaluation Committee has taken the initiative to review existing models of administrator evaluation, and to develop a tool that incorporates performance-based standards and a process to ensure professional growth.  Therefore, the committee offers the following Administrator Evaluation Model for use by school administrative units in full or with revisions made at the local level.

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2011 Principal Study Survey
The Maine Principal Study has documented since 1997 how Maine principals experience their work and feel about their effectiveness. The 2011 Maine Principal Study survey was distributed electronically, and several items were dropped because they had not yielded particularly useful information during previous administrations. This latest survey revealed some interesting trends. To view the 2011 survey, click here.