Come July 1, 2012, RSU 20’s superintendent will be moving on to a new phase in his life — retirement.

Wednesday, Nov. 30, Bruce Mailloux confirmed his plans to retire after he finishes out his current contract with the district, which ends June 30, 2012.

“It’s something I’ve been wrestling with for a little bit,” he said. “But I’ve finally said it’s time.”

Mailloux said he notified members of the RSU 20 school board in writing Monday, and that he informed central office staff and district administrators of his decision Tuesday.

Mailloux was hired as superintendent of the former SAD 34 in April 2007 and officially began working in that capacity July 1, 2007. At that time the Belfast-based district was facing a looming deficit of more than $800,000, and despite Mailloux’s initial estimation that it might take up to three years for the district to recover, the deficit was paid off within a year.

The former SAD 34 school board chose Mailloux for the superintendent’s position after he served in several other capacities in the Belfast-area school district. Mailloux taught for three years at Troy Howard Middle School (where he also served as assistant principal), and for five years he was assistant principal at Belfast Area High School. Just prior to taking on the superintendent’s role, Mailloux had also worked as the assistant superintendent, business manager and acting superintendent.

In the spring of 2009, just prior to the official merger of the former SADs 34 and 56, the then-fledgling RSU 20 board of directors chose Mailloux to serve as the first superintendent of the consolidated district.

Mailloux has deep roots in the Belfast area, having graduated from BAHS himself in 1968. Later on, his own children graduated from the same high school.

Mailloux got started in education in the 1970s, as a teacher in SAD 22 in Hampden. After six years, he switched gears and took a job with Webber Oil Co. of Bangor.

Mailloux’s work with Webber fostered his interest in business management, which led to his operation of Mullen’s Country Store, a Route 1 business he ran for 13 years.

By the mid-1990s, Mailloux returned to the education field after accepting the math teaching position at THMS.

This week, Mailloux said he’s still unsure what he’ll do next, but he’s sure he’ll stay in the area.

“Oh, yeah, this is my home,” said Mailloux. “I won’t be very far away.”

Mailloux said he would like to get away from a typical schedule where he’s away from home three or four nights a week, which he said would be a welcome change from his current position. He also said he’s looking forward to spending more time with his family.

While he said it was tough deciding to let go of a position in which he has invested so much time and energy, Mailloux said he believes having a new leader at the helm would be best for the district.

“It’s time for a change; I’m going on year number six,” said Mailloux. “And the district needs a little change, too.”