Gorham voters on Tuesday returned incumbents Anne Schools and Darryl Wright to the school committee.
The schools garnered 2,717 votes and Wright 2,184 to retain their seats on the seven-member council for another three years. Challenger Liesl Turner in a strong bid for a seat had 1,833 supporters.
“I appreciate the support from the community and look forward to continuing to work hard to give the students of the Gorham School District an excellent education,” Wright, board chair, said Wednesday.
On Wednesday, the schools also thanked his supporters.
“I look forward to continuing to work hard for our students and meeting the challenges of the district,” she said.
Overcrowding in the district’s aging school buildings amid rising enrollment and pandemic-related issues are among the committee’s challenges going forward.
The high school which opened in 1959 has been overcrowded for several years.
Schools said ahead of the election that the largest class in the district had entered seventh grade and time was fleeting.
She and Wright are eager to see the results of an ongoing citywide facility study.
A district headache seems relieved. In a referendum on Tuesday, voters approved funds to repair failing heat pumps in the college’s geothermal heating, cooling and ventilation system.
Although facilities are the major problem, the district must continue to deal with the pandemic. This week alone, the elementary school in the village with an increase in COVID-19 cases closed for a day to adjust safety protocols in the cafeteria.
Wright said before the election that teachers and staff took vaccinations seriously and he was proud that student safety was paramount in the school district.
Wright is vice president of banking and Schools is deputy director of legal affairs for the state Bureau of Motor Vehicles.
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