Incumbent school board member Jamie Doubleday said she wants one more term on the board to help complete work she has seen started in several key areas in the district.

Doubleday faces a challenge from Darryl Sanborn in the June 14 town election.

Thomaston’s annual town meeting will be held 7 p.m., June 15 at the American Legion. The town election will be held 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. June 14 at the American Legion.

She took time to answer some questions about her campaign.

Why are you running?

As a school board member, I have served the citizens of Thomaston for 14 years. As co-chair of the Reorganization Planning Committee, I have been very aware of the work involved to combine two school districts into a strong, student-focused RSU.

I believe that the administrators and the RSU 13 board have made incredible progress in the two years in which we have been operational. I also know that there is hard work left to be done. I would like to have one more term to help guide this remaining work.

It is imperative that the RSU have a strategic plan; however, it is equally important that the planning have a process that is all-encompassing and inclusive. I have considerable experience in this process through my work in the former SAD 50 and I also have significant institutional knowledge about SAD 50 that will be very important in this type of planning. This work is slated to begin in 2011/2012.

I also am running because as chair of the Negotiations Committee, I believe that consistency is paramount. I want to see all of the contracts through to successful conclusions.

Do you support the Many Flags project?

I am an ardent supporter of the Many Flags project. I have been a member of the Many Flags Steering Committee since 2004 and as such have spent many hours traveling through our six communities talking about and promoting Many Flags.

I know that this project will become a reality in the not too distant future, and when it is up and running, it will put our region on the map as having the most innovative educational campus in Maine.

Many Flags is not about building new schools. Many Flags is a creative and innovative plan to provide our students with the most rigorous 21st century education that they will need to compete in our global environment by providing them with easy access to career and technical education, college courses and industry training all within walking distance of each other and all coordinated to provide the student with the best possible educational experience.

What are your thoughts on St. George’s desire to keep their eighth-graders from going to the Thomaston school? How should that situation have been handled?

I believe that all RSU 13 eighth- and ninth-graders should go to school together. While I admire the passion that the citizens of St. George have for their school, I believe that their students will miss opportunities that will be available to the students of Oceanside West.

However, I do think a better job could have been done in the planning process. It would have been helpful for the citizens of St. George and the board to have had the information regarding these decisions be more readily available to the public and the process itself be more transparent.

Teachers in the district haven’t had a new contact for two years. How should that issue be addressed?

As chair of the Negotiations Committee, I can say unequivocally that all outstanding contracts in RSU 13 are being addressed.

You mention the teachers specifically, and although I am not at liberty to address details, I will say that the teachers and the board are working diligently toward a satisfactory outcome for both sides.

It is important to note that all of the support staff are also without contracts, and it is the hope of the board that we can resolve these contracts as well, so that all employees of RSU 13 have contracts that are fair for all.

The board committee has been meeting two to three times a week for two years to do this work, and we all feel that having a consistent team is essential to successful negotiations. This is the primary reason for my decision to run for one more term.

How would you balance increasing education costs with the strain on taxpayers in this tough economy?

I believe that the board has done a good job of balancing the needs of students and staff with the ability of the taxpayers to support our schools. Undoubtedly, these are very difficult times for both our citizens and our schools. Declining support from the state coupled with a horrible economy and all of this complicated by the new funding formula for RSU 13 has made for two very challenging budget years. The board has taken its responsibilities very seriously and has examined the budget thoroughly, making painful cuts where necessary. This will be ongoing work as we strive to keep the programs and services for kids moving forward and keeping our spending under control.

What should be done about low graduation rates/high dropout rates in the district’s high schools?

RSU 13 is already addressing the difficulties many of our students encounter as they move through high school.

The decision to move our eighth- and ninth-graders into their own space is a direct result of the concern of both the board and administration over the performance of our high school students. Oceanside West will afford our students opportunities to not only have a curriculum that is challenging and varied, but the school will also support those students who are struggling to ensure that when they move to Oceanside East, they will have a successful high school experience.

How long have you lived in Thomaston?

Ray and I have lived in Thomaston 20 years. We have raised our family here — all of our children went through SAD 50 schools — and we have found this town to be a wonderful place to live.

Can you talk about your work and education background?

Ray and I are owners of Mystic Woodworks, a wood manufacturing business on Route 90 in Warren. I have a bachelor of science in education from Northeastern University.