A new, yet familiar face will be the next administrator of SAD 70 at Hodgdon.

HODGDON, Maine — A new, yet familiar face will be the next administrator of SAD 70 at Hodgdon.

The SAD 70 School Board unanimously approved the appointment of Tyler Putnam as district high school superintendent/principal at its board meeting Monday night.

The board’s decision came after a 30-minute executive session. Putnam did not attend the meeting, but joined via the Zoom online conferencing app. He did not speak to council during the open portion of the meeting.

Putnam previously worked in the district as assistant manager for two years – 2019-20 and 2020-21. He left the district at the end of the 2020-21 school year to serve as principal of Lewiston High School.

He replaces Stephen Fitzpatrick, who announced his retirement in March.

Fitzpatrick was hired as the district’s high school superintendent/principal in March 2019. Prior to that, he served as the district’s high school principal for a year. This was his second stint as high school principal of Hodgdon Middle-High School.

Fitzpatrick will remain in his post until the end of the school year.

SAD 70 board chairman Ron Silliboy said Putnam was one of the few candidates to be interviewed for the vacancy.

“We look forward to working with Tyler and bringing him back here to his hometown district,” Silliboy said. “We think this is a good direction for our school district.”

Putnam has spent 15 years in the education field. Prior to Hodgdon, he was a teacher in the Washburn and Acton school districts.

A graduate of Hodgdon in 2002, Putnam was a standout athlete for the Hawks, especially on the basketball court where he scored 1,000 points. He made second-team All-State his senior year and went on to play collegiately at Colby-Sawyer College in New London, New Hampshire. He is also a former basketball coach.

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