No contests in Gorham school races

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Darryl Wright

Anne Schools

Dennis Libby

GORHAM — An incumbent and a new face in the political arena are running uncontested for two available seats on the School Committee while a longtime member is not seeking re-election.

The two candidates on the ballot will be incumbent Darryl Wright and Anne Schools. Both seats are for three-year terms on the seven-member board,

The town’s municipal election is Tuesday, Nov. 6.

Wright, current chairman of the board, runs unchallenged as he did in 2015. He was first elected to the board in 2012. “There are a lot of items and issues that we have been working on for a while as a School Committee and a district, and I want to continue with that work,” he said.

Schools is an attorney in the state’s Bureau of Motor Vehicles. She has lived in Gorham for six years,  is married and has two children in the school system,  one in kindergarten and another in fourth grade. She said this week she wants to serve on the School Committee “to get involved” in the community.

This election marks the end of a long tenure for Dennis Libby, who has served 13 years on the board and four times as its chairman. Libby was elected to a one-year term last year to fill a vacancy, an indicator he might have planned stepping down.

Libby could not be reached this week for comment by the American Journal deadline Wednesday.

Wright and Schools seek a seat on the board in the town with major school issues looming. Enrollment is growing and the district likely will need additional, portable classrooms in the near future. Once the board is seated after the election, portable classrooms will likely be an agenda discussion topic.

Other big ticket items include dealing with the middle school’s heating and air conditioning system that nears the end of its life expectancy. The Town Council this month rejected a School Department referendum request seeking to borrow $2.1 million to replace the system.

Wright and Schools also will be on the School Committee that decides on the renovation and expansion of the high school. The board will likely ask voters in a referendum next year to borrow money for the high school project.

Robert Lowell can be reached at 854-2577 or email rlowell@keepmecurfrent.com