YORK, Maine — An assistant principal at Old Orchard Beach High School has been selected as the York High School principal finalist.

York School District Superintendent Debra Dunn issued a press release on Monday afternoon stating that Meghan Ward will be interviewed by the York School Committee on March 18. If approved by the board, Dunn noted that Ward’s first day on the job would be July 1.

“Ms. Ward has outstanding references and experience both in Maine and Connecticut,” Dunn said. “She is eager and ready to make a long-term commitment to the York schools.”

The York High School principal position needed to be filled after Robert Stevens announced his retirement after 37 years, according to Dunn.

Dunn explained that an extensive process was used to reach Ward’s selection that included a 19-member interview panel that consisted of nine York High School teachers and staff; two high school students; three high school parents; two York School Committee members; and three York School District administrators.

Dunn said a site visit team was equally impressed with Ward when they spoke with several of her present colleagues at Old Orchard Beach High School. Dunn said in particular they were impressed with the relationships that Ward formed with teachers, staff, students and parents. One Old Orchard Beach High School teacher told the site visit panel that this year she learned more about teaching from Ward than she did in all of her years as a teacher.

Dunn said the OOB High students interviewed said that Ward knew them all by name and that her approachability and positive attitude were held in high regard by the student body.

Dunn said Ward previously served as the dean of students at Massabesic High School and she served as a social studies teacher and teacher leader at Westport High School in Connecticut. Ward also holds certifications in special education and school administration. Dunn also said Ward lives in York with her husband and their two children.

In addition to her School Committee interview on March 18, Dunn said staff, students, parents and community members can meet with Ward on Wednesday during the day.