Dow returns to RSU 40 board

Recently appointed member may resign
By Beth A. Birmingham | Dec 06, 2013
Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham Dana Dow

Union — Former Senator and State Rep. Dana Dow has returned to the Regional School Unit 40 Board of Directors, effective Nov. 26.

He fills one of two seats left vacant by the resignations of the Darrell Goldrup and Christopher Duffy earlier this year.

"There must be a balance between good education and dollars," said Dow of why he wants to serve on the board. "Also creating stability within the schools and the system may be even more important."

"My hopes are to vastly improve education in the core subjects of reading, writing, math, science, and arts," said Dow of his appointment.

Dow said his biggest challenge is to find the money to run the system adequately and at the same time find effective cost-cutting measures — "but both must improve education."

He looks forward to working with the school board, principals, teachers and the superintendent.

"I'm happy to have Dana on our board," said Chairman Danny Jackson. "He brings a wealth of knowledge and is a team player," said Jackson, adding "he wants what is best for the students."

In addition to serving two terms in the Maine State Senate from 2004 to 2008, Dow was elected Representative for House District 50 which includes Waldoboro, Nobleboro, Jefferson and Bremen from 2010 to 2012.

Dow taught chemistry and physics at Medomak Valley High School from 1974 to 1980, then attended seminary at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton, Mass.

He has served on the Waldoboro Economic Community Development Committee and Medomak Valley Recreation Committee.

During the 125th Legislature, he served on the newly named Labor, Commerce, Research and Economic Development Committee, and also on the newly formed Joint Select Committee on Regulatory Fairness and Reform.

He served in the 122nd Legislature on the Business, Research and Economic Development Committee and on the Government Oversight Committee, and in the 123rd Legislature on the Labor Committee, the Marine Resources Committee, and the Government Oversight Committee.

Dow received his bachelor of science in education from the University of Southern Maine.

He lives in Waldoboro with his wife of 21 years, Lisa. The couple own Dow Furniture on Route 1 in Waldoboro, and has four grown children. Dow's personal interests include hunting, fishing, and other outdoor activities, and teaching Bible studies.

Dow's term goes until June 2014, when the next annual municipal election takes place.

The other vacant seat had been filled by the Nov. 12 appointment of Hans Nicholaisen. However, amid frustration in the lack of cooperation by fellow board members, Nicholaisen may resign prior to attending a single meeting, according to an email from him Dec. 5.

RSU 40 is comprised of Friendship, Union, Waldoboro, Warren and Washington.

Courier Publications reporter Beth A. Birmingham can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 125 or via email at

Comments (2)
Posted by: Martha Seavey Boynton | Dec 07, 2013 19:42


Posted by: Charlotte Davenhill | Dec 07, 2013 08:34

My family and I are delighted to have Dana Dow representing us on our school board! We know he will help keep the focus on improving education. I am especially glad to see the arts recognized as one of the core subjects along with reading, writing, math and science.

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Beth rejoined Courier Publications' news staff in February 2013. She previously worked at The Courier-Gazette from 1981 to 1990.

Her coverage area includes Warren, Union, Friendship, Waldoboro, Washington, and Thomaston and RSU40.

Beth has a passion for photography, and a degree from the University of Maine at Augusta, in affiliation with the Maine Photographic Workshop in Rockport.

Aside from photography, Beth enjoys running and walks along the waterfront, as well as other outdoor activities. She has a daughter, Claire, who is 13.

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