Gorham High leadership juggled for school start

Brian Jandreau, 38, is  the interim principal at Gorham High School for the academic year beginning next month. He's pictured in the school's lobby with its mascot ram sculpture.

When students and staff answer the bell next month at Gorham High School, they’ll see two familiar faces but in new roles, and they’ll also find a revamped schedule.

Brian Jandreau is the interim high school principal and Ryan Watts this week was named an interim assistant principal. Jandreau, 38, previously was an assistant principal for three years under Principal Christopher Record, who moved up to Gorham’s assistant superintendent on July 1.

Jandreau said Monday that Watts becomes an interim assistant principal after serving as  the school’s guidance counselor for the past nine years.

In the front office, Watts joins Kim Slipp, who continues in her role as an assistant principal. The principal’s job will be advertised during the coming winter months of 2017, Superintendent Heather Perry previously announced.

Jandreau, a native and resident of Windham, is on duty at Gorham High School during the summer in preparation for his bigger, principal’s role.

Sitting in his inner office, he said his job as an assistant principal had been working with freshmen and sophomores.

“There’s more people I need to know well,” Jandreau said about one of the many challenges he faces in his new post.

He’ll organize a meet-and-greet for early August. Jandreau, who described Record as his mentor, said the school has a lot of support in the community.

“We have a phenomenal staff,” he said.

Jandreau, a former English teacher at South Portland High School, was an assistant principal at Massabesic Middle School in Waterboro prior to becoming a Gorham High School administrator.

“Brian is familiar with the staff, the students, parents, and the community,” a School Department announcement said. “He understands the various new initiatives that are being worked on at GHS and the vision behind these iniatitives.”

A new iniatitive this fall at Gorham High School is a new course for all students called auxilium, designed to help and challenge students achieve success. Jandreau said the program represents a year of work by administrators and staff to launch the program.

Like Jandreau, Watts knows Gorham High School. A press release posted on the school’s web site announced Watts’ selection as interim assistant principal for the 2016-2017 school year and praised his prior duty as the school counselor.

“In this role, he has advocated passionately for students, served as a team leader for four years, helped restructure our guidance department from a generalist to a specialist model, and has assisted GHS administration numerous times when one or more of us have been out,” the release said. “He has aspirations to be an assistant principal and is ready to embrace that role.”

Gorham High School staff returns for the new school year on Thursday, Aug. 25; freshmen start school on Monday, Aug. 29; and all other high school students on Tuesday, Aug. 30.

The high school will be in session from 7:50 a.m.-2 p.m., with the number of periods increased from seven to eight.

Brian Jandreau, 38, is  the interim principal at Gorham High School for the academic year beginning next month. He’s pictured in the school’s lobby with its mascot ram sculpture.