Kilgour elected to lead RSU 13 board for coming yearLoren Andrews of Cushing chosen as vice chairman
Rockland — Esther “Tess” Kilgour of Rockland and Loren Andrews of Cushing were chosen by their peers to head the Regional School Unit 13 Board of Directors for the coming year.
At a board meeting at the McLain School Thursday night, July 5, directors voted 7-5 for Kilgour over Andrews to serve as chairman. In a separate action, the board elected Andrews 8-4 over Arvilla Collins of Thomaston to serve as vice chairman.
Kilgour has been interim chairman for the past month since former Chairman Greg Hamlin resigned to become a selectman in Thomaston. She and Andrews will serve until July 1, 2013.
In discussions prior to each vote, the comments reflected the division that had been growing among board members.
Board member Carol Bachofner of Rockland pointed out that Kilgour had gained experience by having served as vice chairman and expressed support for her as chairman.
Brian Messing of Rockland said that he, too, supported Kilgour, despite some of the past executive sessions.
“She has the ability to redirect the board,” Messing said.
At the same time, supporters of Andrews spoke up to point out his skills in bringing people together.
“Loren is the one person on the board who has looked at compromise,” said Eric Schenk of South Thomaston. “The board has been split, and we talk about healing the board.”
“The last couple of meetings have been dysfunctional,” he said.
Sally Carleton of Owls Head said that while she likes Kilgour, she said she had “to echo” what Schenk said.
“The last few meetings have been undesirable,” she said.
Andrews said he has grown to love the job on the school board.
“You’re on the corner of making a complete turnaround,” he added.
Kilgour thanked the board for its support.
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