MILO, Maine — An Ellsworth man, who most recently served as superintendent of schools in Madawaska, has been hired as SAD 41 superintendent in the Milo area.

Michael Wright, 55, began his job on Monday and is getting acclimated with the staff and the community. He said he plans to continue to live in Ellsworth but will remain in Milo some weekday nights. His salary was set at $85,000 a year with benefits.

“It’s the first time I’ve worked in an SAD [school administrative district]. I’ve been in a municipality as superintendent, and an SAD is a little bit different and I’m looking forward to that challenge,” Wright said Wednesday.

Since the departure of Shirley Wright as superintendent in August 2008, SAD 41 has been served by two interim superintendents. He is no relation to the previous superintendent, he said.

Wright said he had taken the position in Madawaska last December because his wife, Rebecca, was from Presque Isle and the couple contemplated relocating there. That changed when Rebecca suffered a heart attack in February, he said. The need then was to stay close to her physicians in the Ellsworth region, so, he said, he began a search for a job closer to home.

On the mend, Rebecca Wright has returned to her job as a longtime music and theater teacher at Ellsworth High School. The Wrights have four grown children.

Before his brief stint in Madawaska, Wright served five years in the Islesboro kindergarten-through-grade 12 schools as principal and later superintendent. Before that, he served in the Ellsworth schools for 17 years, the first two as athletic director and the last 15 as assistant principal.

Wright said he is looking forward to his new job. “I’m in the trying-to-learn stage, I’m asking a lot of questions, trying to figure out where we are as a district and at each of the schools within the district,” he said.