Gerald Weinand announced Aug. 26 that he has taken out nomination papers seeking one of three open seats on the RSU13 School Board.

Weinand, a licensed architect, resides in Rockland with his wife (a public school teacher) and their three school-age children.

Weinand has long been interested in local schools, as well as serving the community. He was a member of a special committee of the old SAD 5 Board that was tasked with surveying buildings in the district. That committee recommended that because of their age and other factors, both the MacDougal and Guildford Butler schools be closed, with their students moved to South School and the Owls Head Central School, respectively.

He also served for six years on the Rockland Comprehensive Planning Commission, which he chaired for three years. The commission provides guidance to the City Council on zoning issues.

There are many important issues facing the RSU, and Weinand said in his press release that his experience and research skills are well suited to help address them. His work as an architect includes several public school projects in Maine, including new construction, additions and facility assessment and maintenance. He is also very familiar with the workings of the state Legislature, which will be critical in addressing deficiencies in the funding formula, so that more state revenue can be directed to the district, easing local tax burdens.

Weinand said he is also interested in education policy, and hopes to work with the administration and staff to explore new methods of instruction while preserving those that work, so that every child in the district has access to the tools necessary for them to reach their dreams and goals as adults.

Seats held by Chairman Steve Roberts, Don Robishaw and Jesse Butler, who recently resigned from the board, are up for election this year. Roberts has taken out papers to run again, and Robishaw is running for state Legislature in November.