2017-01-27 / Community

School board seat opens up in South Portland

By Wm. Duke Harrington
Staff Writer

SOUTH PORTLAND — For the second time in four months, a resignation has opened up a seat on the South Portland Board of Education.

This time, it’s the District 4 seat held by Libby Reynolds, elected to her first term in November 2015.

A Key Bank Branch manager, Reynolds, submitted a letter of resignation Jan. 13, noting that one month after being elected, she landed a “career opportunity I had been working toward my whole adult life.” Her new role with the bank included a lot of travel, but she kept her commitment to the board and voters.

However, Reynolds said more recent developments have put an additional squeeze on her time.

“With the acquisition of another bank in Connecticut this travel will be more than ever and it is not fair to the school board to occupy this seat any longer,” she wrote. “I appreciate the opportunity to be a part of something so special. I feel that the students of South Portland are blessed to have such a great group of board members, administrators and staff looking out for them.”

As allowed by South Portland’s charter, the city council will appoint a resident from District 4 to fill this seat until the next regular election. That person will serve until November, when a special election will be held to finish out the final year of Reynolds’s term.

Any registered voter who lives in District 4 interested in the appointment is asked to submit an application, with letter of intent and resume, to the city clerks’ office by Feb. 15.

According to City Clerk Emily Scully, the council plans to interview candidates at a special workshop meeting on Feb. 22. It will then vote on an appointee at its regular meeting, later that night.

An application can be downloaded from the city website at www.southportland.org/ourcity/ board-and-committees/board-education. Alternately, applications by be picked up at city hall, or requested by calling Scully at 767-7627.

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