ORRINGTON, Maine — The school board voted not to renew the contract of the principal of Center Drive School Wednesday after holding an approximately 35-minute closed door meeting, board member Kyle Casburn said Thursday.

Roy Allen was hired in June 2006 as principal of Center Drive School and his contract expires at the end of the school year.

“I believe the current contract expires in July,” Casburn said.

Casburn was the lone school board member who supported keeping Allen, who has 20 years of educational experience, with the four other panel members voting against continuing his contract during the regular board meeting.

Casburn said he was unable to talk about the reasons why Allen’s contract was not renewed.

“I can’t comment on personnel matters,” the school board member said.

There will be an immediate effort to find a replacement, Casburn said.

Messages left for Allen and Superintendent Allen Snell on Thursday were not immediately returned.

Allen earned a bachelor’s degree in secondary education English from the University of Maine in Farmington in 1981; took additional courses at the University of Maine in Orono to earn his elementary certificate in 1985; and earned his master’s degree in educational leadership at UMaine in 1998, he said at the time he was hired.

He started teaching at Leroy H. Smith Elementary School in Winterport and worked as a teaching principal in both Exeter and at the Airline Community School in Aurora before he was hired as the assistant principal and athletic director at Leonard Middle School in Old Town, he said.