The Regional School Unit 20 board of directors got a brief introduction to new Searsport District High School/Middle School Principal Brian Campbell July 13, when the new hire appeared at a board meeting.

Campbell was hired June 10 to replace outgoing principal Gregg Palmer, who is leaving to take a job in Falmouth.

At the meeting, Campbell, who appeared tired but spoke comfortably, kept his remarks to a short introduction, talking about his experience as 10th-grade “house principal” at Central Bucks High School South in Warrington, Pa. Campbell said he and his wife were expecting a third child. They have twin 12-year-old daughters.

The board welcomed Campbell, asking no questions of the new hire.

In other business, the RSU 20 board:

• Welcomed new member Percy King of Searsport. King’s appointment completes the board.

• Approved a new mission statement for Searsport District High School/Middle School.

• Gave a first reading to a group of seven school policies, including Disposition of School Property, Animals in School, and Student Interrogations, Searches and Arrests. The latter drew the lengthiest discussion when board members questioned what role the school should play in cases where police want to question students. Superintendent Bruce Mailloux said typically the police can question students during the initial response to an incident but legally must stop questioning when a student becomes a suspect.

At the request of board member Chris Krause, the word “interrogate,” which Krause said sounded “like something from a spy movie,” was changed to “question.” Board member Orya Shomron recommended that schools should apprise students of their right not to speak to a police officer before any questioning takes place.

• Re-elected Jean Dube as chairwoman and Deb Reilly as vice chairwoman.

Editor’s note: VillageSoup Reporter Ethan Andrews is married to RSU 20 school board member Peggy Andrews.