Three seek vacant seat on School Board

By Louis Bettcher | Oct 10, 2017
Source: File photo Aerial view of Camden Hills Regional High School.

Rockport — Three Rockport residents have expressed interest in one newly opened seat to serve concurrently on the MSAD 28 and Five Town CSD school boards. The seat became available following Betsy Saltonstall's departure from the board and is for a portion of Saltonstall's term, which expires in June 2018.

Faith Vautour, Bob White and Carole Gartley have each filed applications with the town of Rockport seeking consideration for the position. In their applications, each of the candidates explained their qualifications and interest in the community's education system.

All three candidates have previous experience as high school teachers: Vautour taught in the local school district for 50 years, White taught chemistry and biology in Massachussetts, and Gartley taught biology and mathematics.

Vautour completed a three-year term on the School Board in June this year, and also serves on the Midcoast School of Technology board. Some objectives Vautour hopes to see accomplished if reappointed include the completion of the new Camden-Rockport Middle School building project and the "positive fulfillment" of the newly enacted CSD Strategic Plan.

"I completed my first term on this board in June 2017 and had decided to let someone else run for the seat. I am very interested in the education in this district and have the time to fill in for the remainder of Betsy's term," said Vautour in her application.

White said in his application that his hope in serving on the board would be to "contribute toward helping our schools continue to become better as we move into the future." White referred to public education as a "cornerstone" of society and highlighted the need for schools' faculty and staff members to receive adequate support to best serve their students.

"At the same time, our schools need to operate in a manner that is fiscally responsible to all residents of our town. I believe I can serve our community to these ends," said White.

In addition to her background in education, and having worked to create a pre-kindergarten program that serves children in Hope, Gartley cites her professional background in property management and company development as assets she would bring to the board.

"I would have an open ear to concerns and a compassionate and thoughtful approach to solving problems. I have a depth of experience professionally in education and business and personally from raising my family in Rockport for over 25 years."

One of the three candidates will be appointed to serve on the School Board by members of the Rockport Select Board. An agenda for the Select Board's Oct. 10 meeting states that candidate applications will be considered at that meeting.

Maine School Administrative District 28 includes the Camden-Rockport Elementary School and the Camden-Rockport Middle School. The Five Town CSD includes students from Camden, Rockport, Hope, Lincolnville and Appleton who attend Camden Hills Regional High School.

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