BRUNSWICK, Maine — John Paige, a longtime teacher and administrator in the Brunswick School Department, will serve as interim principal of Harriet Beecher Stowe Elementary School until a permanent replacement for outgoing principal Jean Skorapa is hired.

Skorapa, principal of Harriet Beecher Stowe Elementary School since it opened in 2011, announced in July that she had been hired as assistant superintendent in Regional School Unit 3. Her last day as principal of the elementary school will be Aug. 15.

Paige taught in the Brunswick schools and then served as principal of Brunswick Junior High School from 2003-2009 and Coffin Elementary School from 2009-2012. For the past three years, he has been the department’s curriculum coordinator.

In a letter Friday to parents, staff and other community members, Brunswick Superintendent Paul Perzanoski wrote that administrators are forming a search and interview committee to be led by Assistant Superintendent Pender Makin. The team will include school staff, school board members and Brunswick residents.

The committee will review applications packets, conduct interviews and then recommend candidates to visit the school, meet and answer questions posed by staff and attend a forum to meet and answer questions from parents and community members, according to Perzanoski.

Feedback sheets completed at the forums will be reviewed as part of the process to determine finalists, who will interview with Perzanoski.

According to Maine statute, Perzanoski will nominate a new principal to the school board, and the board will interview and then accept or reject the candidate.