NEWS mast "Michael Harris Names Principal of Coastal Ridge Elementary School

York School Department Office of the Superintendent of Schools
Press Release from August 24, 2023
Timothy L. Doak, Superintendent of Schools, York School Department

York School Department Names Michael Harris Coastal Ridge Elementary School Principal

York School Department is pleased to announce that Michael Harris has been selected to lead and oversee the principalship for Coastal Ridge Elementary School of the York School Department. The York School Committee voted to hire Mr. Michael Harris at a special meeting on Wednesday, August 23, 2023,  at the York School Department Central Office. The interview committee comprised administrators, teachers, school counselors, support personnel, school board members, parents, and community members, all of whom had valued input into the selection process.

Harris began his career in the York School Department, where he was a second and fourth-grade teacher at Coastal Ridge Elementary and a 6th-grade science teacher at York Middle School. Upon leaving the York School Department, Harris was hired as an assistant principal at the Harriet Beecher Stow Elementary School in Brunswick, Maine, for four years.

Harris comes to the York School Department with a great connection with the public, our families, and the Coastal Ridge Elementary staff. Harris said, “Coastal Ridge is an outstanding school; returning as principal is an honor and privilege. I look forward to the year ahead to begin working with the teachers, students, and York community.” Harris will replace Sean Murphy, who resigned from Coast Ridge Elementary School’s principalship in July. 

Harris attended the University of Southern Maine to receive a certificate of advanced studies in Educational Leadership, the University of Southern Maine to receive a master’s degree in Education, and Pace University Pleasantville, New York, for a bachelor’s degree in business administration. Harris resides in Portland, Maine.