2016-06-10 / Front Page

Port’s RSU 21 post has two candidates

The retirement of Amy Johnson from the RSU 21 Board of Directors clears the way for a new representative.

In the race are Biddeford school teacher Connie Crandall and Consolidated School parent Maeghan Lovejoy, a food writer and author of the blog, “The Way to His Heart: Recipes to Fall in Love With.”

Listed are the candidate surveys completed by each hopeful. Absentee ballots are available now (although the last day to request an absentee ballot is Thursday, June 9), but if you’re a traditionalist and prefer to actually vote on Election

Day, polls will be open from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. on Tuesday, June 14, at the North Street Fire Station.

Name: Connie Crandall

Age: 57

Address: Goose Fair [Street]

Phone: 890-5255

Occupation: School teacher (25 years, currently in Biddeford)

Family: Married (three children)

Education: Masters degree from the University of New England.

Organizations and activities: None listed.

Top Three Issues: (in order of priority)

1. Controlling costs/taxes.

2. Maintaining exceptional educational programs.

3. Providing exceptional facilities that will compete with other outstanding communities in our area.

Why are you seeking elected office?

Anyone who knows me knows that I am passionate about two things: children and education. I have spent a lot of time in the classroom and I will add a classroom perspective to the school board. I have been a teacher for 25 years. Teaching is not a job; it is a part of who I am. I understand that every educational setting is unique and that in the Port we so value our priceless school community. I am positive that I can continue to add to the uniqueness of Consolidated School.

In every situation in a classroom, I say to myself, how would I want this resolved if this were my child? That guiding principle rules my classroom practice and it is who I am. I would bring that guiding principle to the decisions I would make as a member of the school board. I believe that school board members should be looking out for the community they serve to ensure that the students in RSU 21 get the best education possible, in relation to cost. I will work hard to represent the children and the people of the Port.”

Name: Maeghan Lovejoy

Age: 37

Address: Log Cabin Road

Phone: [withheld at request]

Occupation: Recipe developer for major brands and publications and author of “The Way to His Heart.”

Family: Married (two children)

Education: Bachelor’s degree in chemistry and biology from Coastal Carolina University, South Carolina.

Organizations and activities: Kennebunkport Consolidated School PTA, KCS classroom volunteer, Cookies 4 Kids Cancer, No Kid Hungry, Almost Home Animal Rescue.

Top Three Issues: (in order of priority)

1. Budget – ensuring we are fiscally responsible while still providing quality programming.

2. Communication – not only within the school community, but with the broader community as well.

3. Programming and Staffing – ensuring that our students and staff have the resources to excel.

Why are you seeking elected office?

I am running for the school board because, as a parent, I see first-hand what the kids are learning and the resources they have. I also communicate regularly with other parents, teachers, and staff, so I also understand what we need to improve.

I believe that our school, our children, and the town of Kennebunkport should have a voice and a representative that comes to the table willing to be open-minded while working to preserve and improve the district community, programming, and communication. We need public involvement from not only parents, but also from the broader community, and I will work to build that involvement.

“Now that the renovations have begun and the schools will be on an equal playing ground as far as needed space, I want to see that there is equitable education across the district. Each school has its own unique community, but every elementary student should start the middle school on the same level.

I am grateful to our community for approving the bond and investing in our schools, and we need to ensure that that investment is looked after. This means continuing to foster excellence in our schools, fixing what needs to be fixed, and maintaining our buildings. Our schools are a major part of our community and a huge asset in so many ways. They make us proud and make others want to settle down here.

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