Gorham briefs


Slipp resigns,
two finalists
for GHS post

GORHAM — The school superintendent expects a new assistant principal for the high school will be named next week, selected from two finalists to fill a vacancy left by Kimberly Slipp, who has retired.

Superintendent Heather Perry said Slipp submitted a letter dated July 24 indicating she wished to retire effective Aug. 1. Slipp, 61, faces an operating under the influence (alcohol) charge on Tuesday, Aug. 22, in Maine District Court- Bridgton. She was arrested by a Cumberland County Deputy Sheriff on June 22 in Sebago.

Perry said in an email to the American Journal this week there were 25 applicants for the vacancy left by Slipp’s departure. She said she expects a new assistant principal to be named by Monday, Aug. 14. “We interviewed six and have narrowed it down to two,” Perry said.

Slipp had served the Gorham district for 39 years. She was named assistant principal at the high school 12 years ago.

Hearing rescheduled
for shooting suspect

GORHAM — A court hearing for a suspect in a Gorham shooting incident in May was rescheduled Tuesday in Cumberland County Criminal Court to next month.

The suspect, Aaron Bouchard, 25, of Saco will now appear in court Tuesday, Sept. 26, after his lawyer, Clifford Strike, on Tuesday asked Judge Thomas Warren for a continuance. Strike is seeking additional discovery material from police.

Bouchard, 25, was indicted by a grand jury in July on charges of criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon; reckless conduct with a dangerous weapon and terrorizing with a dangerous weapon. The weapon was described in court documents as a handgun.

In a May 24 incident off Narragansett Street, police had responded to the area in an attempt to find Bouchard, who police believed was suicidal and armed, according to court documents. Police contacted Bouchard by text messages, the documents said.

Before Bouchard was apprehended, police allege that he fired three shots and Police Chief Daniel Jones returned fire with two rifle rounds. When Bouchard was taken into custody, he did not have a firearm, according to court documents.

Bouchard was released from the Cumberland County Jail on bail.

Nomination papers
available Monday

GORHAM — Nomination papers for several elected municipal seats that will be on the November ballot will be available Monday, Aug. 14, at the office of Town Clerk Laurie Nordfors.

For the Town Council, a pair of three-year terms are expiring for board leaders. Those are the terms of Town Council Chairman Michael Phinney and Vice Chairman Ronald Shepard.

The School Committee could have a new look. Four School Committee seats will be available including those of Vice Chairman Dennis Libby, Sara Nelson and Suzanne Phillips. The three are for three-year terms.

A one-year School Committee term left vacant by the resignation of Timothy Burns last spring is also up for grabs.

A Portland Water District trustee seat is also available.

Nomination papers are due by 1 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 22, in Nordfors office at the Gorham Municipal Center, 75 South St. The municipal election will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 7.

For more information, call  222-1670.

— Robert Lowell