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KITTERY SCHOOL DISTRICT



200 Rogers Road, Kittery, Maine 03904
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Fuel & More

No one should be cold in Kittery

But not everyone in need qualifies for the public programs that help people pay their heating bills. That’s where Fuel & More comes in. Whether you heat with oil, propane, gas, kerosene, electricity, or wood, they can assist you. 

Call 207-703-8288 to arrange a short, private meeting 

with a volunteer.You can contact them by email [email protected]

Visit their websitewww.fuelandmore.org

They can connect you with other sources of assistance and may be able help you winterize your home or find warm coats or snowsuits for your kids. 

Traversa & SafeStop Process

An efficient way to determine your student's bus route schedule involves the use of the Traversa Ride 360 app.

Attached to this message are simple instructions. You will need your student's unique student number (issued by the school) to access your bus details.

By accessing the Traversa Ride 360 information, you will have up-to-date bus transportation information about your student(s). 

As the route schedules change, the information in Traversa Ride 360 changes instantly.

Questions?  Please email our data management specialist Nancy Embry by email:  [email protected]com

SAFETY

Use this link to report concerns related to safety of schools and/or students 
ONLY IF YOU ARE UNWILLING TO TELEPHONE OR E-MAIL 
THE BUILDING PRINCIPAL OR 
SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICER DIRECTLY.

School Committee Meetings

Tuesday, October 19 ~ 6:00 PM
In-person meeting at the Kittery Town Hall/Town Council Chambers.
Watch here for the next meeting agenda.  In accordance with Policy BEDB, the agenda will be linked here no less than four (4) days prior to a regular meeting of the School Committee.
The Kittery School Committee is a public entity. As such, written communication to members of the school committee is subject to public disclosure under the Freedom of Access Act.

BUDGET INFO...

Click links below for budget documents:

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Sours: http://www.kitteryschools.com/

Live Events:


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Upcoming Events:


School Committee Meeting

October 19, 2021 - 06:00 pm to 10:00 pm (EST)

Town Council Meeting

October 25, 2021 - 06:00 pm to 10:00 pm (EST)

Board of Appeals Meeting

October 26, 2021 - 06:30 pm to 10:00 pm (EST)

Planning Board Meeting

October 28, 2021 - 06:00 pm to 10:00 pm (EST)

School Committee Meeting

November 02, 2021 - 06:00 pm to 10:00 pm (EST)

Port Authority Meeting

November 04, 2021 - 06:00 pm to 10:00 pm (EST)

Town Council Meeting

November 08, 2021 - 06:00 pm to 10:00 pm (EST)

Board of Appeals Meeting

November 09, 2021 - 06:30 pm to 10:00 pm (EST)

Planning Board Meeting

November 11, 2021 - 06:00 pm to 10:00 pm (EST)

School Committee Meeting

November 16, 2021 - 06:00 pm to 10:00 pm (EST)

Previous Events:





2021

June

Town Council Meeting

June 28, 2021 - 06:00 pm to 08:41 pm (EST)

Planning Board Meeting

June 24, 2021 - 06:00 pm to 07:28 pm (EST)

Board of Assessment Review

June 23, 2021 - 06:00 pm to 07:42 pm (EST)

School Committee Meeting

June 15, 2021 - 06:00 pm to 07:21 pm (EST)

Rice Library Building Committee

June 15, 2021 - 05:00 pm to 08:00 pm (EST)

Town Council Meeting

June 14, 2021 - 06:00 pm to 07:24 pm (EST)

Planning Board Meeting

June 10, 2021 - 06:00 pm to 07:17 pm (EST)

Town Council Special Meeting

June 07, 2021 - 06:00 pm to 06:24 pm (EST)

Port Authority Meeting

June 03, 2021 - 06:00 pm to 07:33 pm (EST)

School Committee Meeting

June 01, 2021 - 06:00 pm to 07:31 pm (EST)

May

Planning Board Meeting

May 27, 2021 - 06:00 pm to 06:56 pm (EST)

Board of Appeals Meeting

May 25, 2021 - 06:30 pm to 07:40 pm (EST)

Town Council Meeting

May 24, 2021 - 06:00 pm to 07:00 pm (EST)

Candidate Night

May 19, 2021 - 06:00 pm to 08:15 pm (EST)

School Committee Meeting

May 18, 2021 - 06:00 pm to 07:43 pm (EST)

Urban Land Institute Technical Assistance Panel Presentation

May 18, 2021 - 06:00 pm to 08:00 pm (EST)

Rice Library Building Committee

May 18, 2021 - 05:00 pm to 08:00 pm (EST)

Planning Board Meeting

May 13, 2021 - 06:00 pm to 10:00 pm (EST)

Town Council Meeting

May 10, 2021 - 06:00 pm to 07:32 pm (EST)

Port Authority Meeting

May 06, 2021 - 06:00 pm to 07:57 pm (EST)

Board of Assessment Review

May 05, 2021 - 06:00 pm to 08:34 pm (EST)

School Committee Meeting

May 04, 2021 - 06:00 pm to 07:01 pm (EST)

Town Council Special Meeting

May 03, 2021 - 06:00 pm to 06:16 pm (EST)

April

School Committee Meeting

April 28, 2021 - 06:00 pm to 07:22 pm (EST)

Kittery Port Authority Workshop

April 27, 2021 - 06:00 pm to 07:14 pm (EST)

Town Council Meeting

April 26, 2021 - 06:00 pm to 07:35 pm (EST)

Planning Board Meeting

April 22, 2021 - 06:00 pm to 08:13 pm (EST)

Rice Library Building Committee

April 20, 2021 - 05:00 pm to 08:00 pm (EST)

Board of Appeals Meeting

April 13, 2021 - 06:30 pm to 09:24 pm (EST)

Town Council Meeting

April 12, 2021 - 06:00 pm to 10:00 pm (EST)

Planning Board Meeting

April 08, 2021 - 06:00 pm to 10:00 pm (EST)

School Committee Meeting

April 06, 2021 - 06:00 pm to 07:07 pm (EST)

Town Council Special Meeting

April 05, 2021 - 06:00 pm to 06:37 pm (EST)

Port Authority Meeting

April 01, 2021 - 06:00 pm to 07:15 pm (EST)

March

Climate Adaptation Committee and Efficiency Maines joint meeting

March 31, 2021 - 08:00 pm to 09:35 pm (EST)

Rice Public Library Virtual Groundbreaking

March 31, 2021 - 04:30 pm to 05:00 pm (EST)

School Committee Special Meeting

March 30, 2021 - 06:00 pm to 09:00 pm (EST)

Planning Board Meeting

March 25, 2021 - 06:00 pm to 10:00 pm (EST)

Town Council Meeting

March 22, 2021 - 06:00 pm to 06:58 pm (EST)

School Committee Meeting

March 16, 2021 - 06:00 pm to 07:38 pm (EST)

Town Council & Planning Board Workshop - Title 5 and Title 16

March 15, 2021 - 05:00 pm to 06:11 pm (EST)

Planning Board Meeting

March 11, 2021 - 06:00 pm to 07:54 pm (EST)

Town Council Special Meeting

March 10, 2021 - 06:00 pm to 06:06 pm (EST)

Board of Appeals Meeting

March 09, 2021 - 06:30 pm to 10:00 pm (EST)

Town Council Meeting

March 08, 2021 - 06:00 pm to 06:38 pm (EST)

Port Authority Meeting

March 04, 2021 - 06:00 pm to 09:00 pm (EST)

School Committee Meeting

March 02, 2021 - 06:00 pm to 07:07 pm (EST)

Municipal Budgeting 101 Workshop

March 01, 2021 - 06:00 pm to 06:56 pm (EST)


2020

December

Library Building Committee

December 15, 2020 - 07:00 pm to 08:00 pm (EST)

School Committee Meeting

December 15, 2020 - 06:00 pm to 07:43 pm (EST)

Town Council Meeting

December 14, 2020 - 06:00 pm to 07:36 pm (EST)

Planning Board Meeting

December 10, 2020 - 06:00 pm to 09:01 pm (EST)

Board of Appeals Meeting

December 08, 2020 - 06:30 pm to 07:13 pm (EST)

Port Authority Meeting

December 03, 2020 - 06:00 pm to 10:00 pm (EST)

Town Council Special Meeting

December 03, 2020 - 05:00 pm to 05:50 pm (EST)

Stories from Kittery's Cemeteries

December 01, 2020 - 07:00 pm to 08:05 pm (EST)

School Committee Meeting

December 01, 2020 - 06:00 pm to 10:00 pm (EST)

October

Board of Appeals

October 27, 2020 - 06:30 pm to 07:09 pm (EST)

Town Council Meeting

October 26, 2020 - 06:00 pm to 07:41 pm (EST)

Planning Board Meeting

October 22, 2020 - 06:00 pm to 10:00 pm (EST)

School Committee Meeting

October 20, 2020 - 06:00 pm to 07:09 pm (EST)

Library Building Committee

October 15, 2020 - 06:30 pm to 08:30 pm (EST)

Town Council Meeting

October 14, 2020 - 06:00 pm to 08:07 pm (EST)

Planning Board Meeting

October 08, 2020 - 06:00 pm to 06:56 pm (EST)

School Committee Candidates Night

October 07, 2020 - 07:00 pm to 09:00 pm (EST)

Town Council Candidates Night

October 07, 2020 - 05:00 pm to 07:00 pm (EST)

School Committee Meeting

October 06, 2020 - 06:00 pm to 06:50 pm (EST)

Town Council & Planning Board Workshop - Title 16 - Affordable Housing

October 05, 2020 - 05:00 pm to 05:52 pm (EST)

Port Authority Meeting

October 01, 2020 - 06:00 pm to 06:56 pm (EST)

September

Town Council Meeting

September 28, 2020 - 06:00 pm to 07:40 pm (EST)

Planning Board Meeting

September 24, 2020 - 06:00 pm to 07:58 pm (EST)

Board of Appeals Meeting

September 22, 2020 - 06:30 pm to 06:59 pm (EST)

Planning Board workshop

September 15, 2020 - 06:00 pm to 08:00 pm (EST)

School Committee Meeting

September 15, 2020 - 06:00 pm to 07:23 pm (EST)

Town Council Meeting

September 14, 2020 - 06:00 pm to 07:18 pm (EST)

Planning Board Meeting

September 10, 2020 - 06:00 pm to 07:21 pm (EST)

Board of Appeals Meeting

September 08, 2020 - 06:30 pm to 07:44 pm (EST)

Port Authority Meeting

September 03, 2020 - 06:00 pm to 09:09 pm (EST)

School Committee Meeting

September 01, 2020 - 06:00 pm to 07:01 pm (EST)

August

Planning Board Meeting

August 27, 2020 - 06:00 pm to 10:00 pm (EST)

Library Building Committee

August 25, 2020 - 07:00 pm to 10:00 pm (EST)

Board of Appeals

August 25, 2020 - 06:30 pm to 08:44 pm (EST)

Town Council Meeting

August 24, 2020 - 06:00 pm to 07:23 pm (EST)

School Committee Meeting

August 18, 2020 - 06:00 pm to 09:20 pm (EST)

Town Council Workshop - Title 6 - Animal Control

August 17, 2020 - 05:00 pm to 06:40 pm (EST)

Planning Board Meeting

August 13, 2020 - 06:00 pm to 08:18 pm (EST)

Town Council Meeting

August 10, 2020 - 06:00 pm to 08:18 pm (EST)

Port Authority Meeting

August 06, 2020 - 06:00 pm to 06:50 pm (EST)

School Committee Meeting

August 04, 2020 - 06:00 pm to 08:23 pm (EST)

June

Planning Board Meeting

June 25, 2020 - 06:00 pm to 08:19 pm (EST)

Library Building Committee

June 23, 2020 - 05:00 pm to 06:45 pm (EST)

Town Council Meeting

June 22, 2020 - 06:00 pm to 08:18 pm (EST)

Port Authority Special Meeting

June 18, 2020 - 06:00 pm to 06:53 pm (EST)

School Committee Meeting

June 16, 2020 - 06:00 pm to 07:25 pm (EST)

Town Council Special Meeting

June 15, 2020 - 06:00 pm to 06:18 pm (EST)

RW Traip Academy 2020 Commencement

June 12, 2020 - 06:00 pm to 08:00 pm (EST)

Rice Library Building Committee

June 09, 2020 - 09:00 am to 11:00 am (EST)

Town Council

June 08, 2020 - 06:15 pm to 08:30 pm (EST)

Port Authority Meeting

June 04, 2020 - 06:00 pm to 07:56 pm (EST)

School Committee Meeting

June 02, 2020 - 06:00 pm to 07:27 pm (EST)

March

School Committee Meeting

March 31, 2020 - 06:00 pm to 06:43 pm (EST)

Planning Board Meeting

March 12, 2020 - 06:00 pm to 06:16 pm (EST)

Board of Appeals

March 10, 2020 - 06:30 pm to 07:23 pm (EST)

Town Council Meeting

March 09, 2020 - 06:00 pm to 07:15 pm (EST)

Town Council Workshop - Title 6 - Animal Control

March 09, 2020 - 05:00 pm to 05:59 pm (EST)

Port Authority Meeting

March 05, 2020 - 06:00 pm to 07:44 pm (EST)

School Committee Meeting

March 03, 2020 - 06:00 pm to 08:04 pm (EST)

Town Council Workshop - Short Term Rentals

March 02, 2020 - 05:06 pm to 06:01 pm (EST)

Town Council Special Meeting

March 02, 2020 - 05:00 pm to 05:03 pm (EST)

February

Planning Board Meeting

February 27, 2020 - 06:00 pm to 06:59 pm (EST)

Planning Board Workshop - Cluster Subdivisions

February 27, 2020 - 05:00 pm to 05:56 pm (EST)

Port Authority Workshop

February 26, 2020 - 06:00 pm to 06:06 pm (EST)

Board of Appeals

February 25, 2020 - 06:30 pm to 10:00 pm (EST)

Town Council Meeting

February 24, 2020 - 06:00 pm to 07:20 pm (EST)

Town Council Workshop - TIFs

February 24, 2020 - 05:00 pm to 05:42 pm (EST)

Planning Board Meeting

February 13, 2020 - 06:00 pm to 10:00 pm (EST)

Planning Board Workshop

February 13, 2020 - 05:00 pm to 05:59 pm (EST)

School Committee Meeting

February 12, 2020 - 06:00 pm to 08:13 pm (EST)

Town Council Meeting

February 10, 2020 - 06:00 pm to 07:29 pm (EST)

Town Council & Planning Board Workshop - Short Term Rentals

February 10, 2020 - 05:00 pm to 05:50 pm (EST)

Port Authority Meeting

February 06, 2020 - 06:00 pm to 07:19 pm (EST)

January

Board of Appeals

January 28, 2020 - 06:30 pm to 07:04 pm (EST)

Town Council Meeting

January 27, 2020 - 06:00 pm to 06:42 pm (EST)

Town Council Workshop - Wood Island

January 27, 2020 - 05:30 pm to 05:58 pm (EST)

Planning Board Meeting

January 23, 2020 - 06:00 pm to 06:07 pm (EST)

Planning Board Workshop

January 23, 2020 - 05:00 pm to 05:54 pm (EST)

School Committee Meeting

January 21, 2020 - 06:00 pm to 10:00 pm (EST)

Board of Appeals

January 14, 2020 - 06:30 pm to 08:30 pm (EST)

Town Council Meeting

January 13, 2020 - 06:00 pm to 07:29 pm (EST)

Planning Board Meeting

January 09, 2020 - 06:00 pm to 07:16 pm (EST)

School Committee Meeting

January 07, 2020 - 06:00 pm to 10:00 pm (EST)

Port Authority Meeting

January 02, 2020 - 06:00 pm to 06:39 pm (EST)


2019

November

Board of Appeals

November 26, 2019 - 06:30 pm to 08:00 pm (EST)

Town Council Meeting

November 25, 2019 - 06:00 pm to 07:07 pm (EST)

Port Authority Workshop

November 20, 2019 - 05:30 pm to 10:00 pm (EST)

School Committee Meeting

November 19, 2019 - 06:00 pm to 08:21 pm (EST)

Planning Board Meeting

November 14, 2019 - 06:00 pm to 07:28 pm (EST)

Town Council Meeting

November 13, 2019 - 06:00 pm to 07:39 pm (EST)

Traip Academy Girls Soccer State Championship Game

November 09, 2019 - 01:00 pm to 02:30 pm (EST)

Port Authority Meeting

November 07, 2019 - 06:00 pm to 07:58 pm (EST)

School Committee Meeting

November 06, 2019 - 06:00 pm to 08:03 pm (EST)

October

Town Council Meeting

October 28, 2019 - 06:00 pm to 08:02 pm (EST)

Planning Board Meeting

October 24, 2019 - 06:00 pm to 06:58 pm (EST)

Board of Appeals Meeting

October 22, 2019 - 06:30 pm to 07:40 pm (EST)

Board of Appeals Workshop

October 22, 2019 - 05:30 pm to 06:25 pm (EST)

School Committee Meeting

October 15, 2019 - 06:00 pm to 06:44 pm (EST)

Planning Board Meeting

October 10, 2019 - 06:00 pm to 11:00 pm (EST)

Library Building Committee Meeting - Public Info Session on the Ballot Referendum

October 09, 2019 - 06:00 pm to 07:18 pm (EST)

Board of Appeals Meeting

October 08, 2019 - 06:30 pm to 09:10 pm (EST)

Town Council Meeting

October 07, 2019 - 06:00 pm to 06:37 pm (EST)

Port Authority Meeting

October 03, 2019 - 06:00 pm to 07:20 pm (EST)

Candidates Night - Town Council

October 02, 2019 - 07:10 pm to 08:23 pm (EST)

Candidates Night - School Committee

October 02, 2019 - 06:00 pm to 06:59 pm (EST)

School Committee Meeting

October 01, 2019 - 06:00 pm to 07:08 pm (EST)

September

Planning Board Meeting

September 26, 2019 - 06:00 pm to 06:55 pm (EST)

Port Authority Workshop

September 25, 2019 - 06:00 pm to 07:12 pm (EST)

Board of Appeals Meeting

September 24, 2019 - 06:30 pm to 06:51 pm (EST)

Town Council Meeting

September 23, 2019 - 06:00 pm to 06:47 pm (EST)

Library Building Committee Meeting

September 18, 2019 - 06:00 pm to 09:00 pm (EST)

School Committee Meeting

September 17, 2019 - 06:00 pm to 07:02 pm (EST)

Planning Board Meeting Part 2

September 12, 2019 - 09:30 pm to 10:00 pm (EST)

Planning Board Meeting Part 1

September 12, 2019 - 06:00 pm to 09:00 pm (EST)

Board of Appeals

September 10, 2019 - 06:30 pm to 07:18 pm (EST)

Town Council Meeting

September 09, 2019 - 06:00 pm to 07:06 pm (EST)

Town Council Workshop - MDOT

September 09, 2019 - 05:00 pm to 05:57 pm (EST)

Port Authority Meeting

September 05, 2019 - 06:00 pm to 07:22 pm (EST)

School Committee Meeting

September 03, 2019 - 06:00 pm to 07:17 pm (EST)

August

Planning Board Meeting

August 22, 2019 - 06:00 pm to 06:43 pm (EST)

Planning Board Workshop

August 22, 2019 - 05:00 pm to 05:49 pm (EST)

School Committee Meeting

August 20, 2019 - 06:00 pm to 07:35 pm (EST)

Library Building Committee Meeting

August 14, 2019 - 06:00 pm to 08:30 pm (EST)

Board of Appeals Meeting

August 13, 2019 - 06:30 pm to 07:22 pm (EST)

Town Council Meeting

August 12, 2019 - 06:00 pm to 07:41 pm (EST)

Town Council Workshop - Dogs

August 12, 2019 - 05:00 pm to 05:54 pm (EST)

Planning Board Meeting

August 08, 2019 - 06:00 pm to 08:16 pm (EST)

Port Authority Meeting

August 01, 2019 - 06:00 pm to 06:49 pm (EST)

June

Independence Day Celebration

June 29, 2019 - 07:00 pm to 07:28 pm (EST)

Planning Board Meeting

June 27, 2019 - 06:00 pm to 06:43 pm (EST)

Traip Academy 2019 Commencement

June 26, 2019 - 07:00 pm to 08:28 pm (EST)

Library Building Committee Meeting - Design Presentation

June 26, 2019 - 06:00 pm to 06:51 pm (EST)

Board of Appeals

June 25, 2019 - 06:30 pm to 07:14 pm (EST)

Town Council Meeting

June 24, 2019 - 06:00 pm to 06:35 pm (EST)

Library Building Committee Meeting

June 19, 2019 - 06:00 pm to 09:00 pm (EST)

School Committee Meeting

June 18, 2019 - 06:00 pm to 07:39 pm (EST)

Planning Board Meeting

June 13, 2019 - 06:00 pm to 08:29 pm (EST)

Board of Appeals Meeting

June 11, 2019 - 06:30 pm to 07:35 pm (EST)

Town Council Meeting

June 10, 2019 - 06:00 pm to 10:00 pm (EST)

Town Council & Planning Board Workshop - ADUs

June 10, 2019 - 05:00 pm to 05:59 pm (EST)

Port Authority Meeting

June 06, 2019 - 06:00 pm to 07:56 pm (EST)

Library Building Committee Meeting

June 05, 2019 - 06:00 pm to 09:00 pm (EST)

School Committee Meeting

June 04, 2019 - 06:00 pm to 08:49 pm (EST)

May

Town Council Meeting

May 29, 2019 - 06:00 pm to 06:50 pm (EST)

Town Council Workshop - Kittery Port Authority

May 29, 2019 - 05:00 pm to 05:56 pm (EST)

Planning Board Meeting

May 23, 2019 - 06:30 pm to 07:09 pm (EST)

Library Building Committee

May 22, 2019 - 06:00 pm to 09:00 pm (EST)

School Committee Meeting

May 21, 2019 - 06:00 pm to 07:34 pm (EST)

Town Council Meeting

May 13, 2019 - 06:00 pm to 07:20 pm (EST)

Planning Board Meeting

May 09, 2019 - 06:00 pm to 08:07 pm (EST)

Port Authority

May 08, 2019 - 06:00 pm to 07:28 pm (EST)

School Committee Meeting

May 07, 2019 - 06:00 pm to 07:23 pm (EST)

Town Council Special Meeting - School Budget and Budget Validation Referendum

May 06, 2019 - 06:00 pm to 06:10 pm (EST)

April

Planning Board Meeting

April 25, 2019 - 06:00 pm to 07:47 pm (EST)

School Committee Meeting

April 24, 2019 - 06:00 pm to 06:41 pm (EST)

Town Council

April 22, 2019 - 06:00 pm to 07:04 pm (EST)

Kittery Athletic Field Improvement Workshop

April 22, 2019 - 05:00 pm to 05:48 pm (EST)

Water District Informational Meeting

April 16, 2019 - 06:00 pm to 07:35 pm (EST)

Library Building Committee Meeting

April 16, 2019 - 06:00 pm to 09:59 pm (EST)

Planning Board Meeting

April 11, 2019 - 06:00 pm to 08:17 pm (EST)

Board of Appeals Meeting

April 09, 2019 - 06:30 pm to 07:59 pm (EST)

Town Council

April 08, 2019 - 06:00 pm to 07:47 pm (EST)

Town Council Workshop - Piscataqua River Bridge Rehabilitation

April 08, 2019 - 05:00 pm to 05:42 pm (EST)

Port Authority Meeting

April 04, 2019 - 06:00 pm to 07:15 pm (EST)

Library Building Committee Meeting

April 03, 2019 - 06:00 pm to 08:00 pm (EST)

School Committee Meeting

April 02, 2019 - 06:00 pm to 07:14 pm (EST)

March

Kitterys Got Talent Mitchell School

March 29, 2019 - 07:00 pm to 10:00 pm (EST)

Kitterys Got Talent Shapleigh School

March 29, 2019 - 07:00 am to 10:00 pm (EST)

Planning Board Meeting

March 28, 2019 - 06:00 pm to 07:30 pm (EST)

Town Council Meeting

March 25, 2019 - 06:00 pm to 07:35 pm (EST)

Town Council Workshop - Legislative Delegation

March 25, 2019 - 05:00 pm to 05:56 pm (EST)

Library Building Committee Meeting

March 20, 2019 - 06:00 pm to 09:00 pm (EST)

School Committee Meeting

March 19, 2019 - 06:00 pm to 09:00 pm (EST)

Planning Board Meeting

March 14, 2019 - 06:00 pm to 08:20 pm (EST)

Board of Appeals

March 12, 2019 - 06:00 pm to 07:38 pm (EST)

Town Council Meeting

March 11, 2019 - 06:00 pm to 07:06 pm (EST)

Port Authority Meeting

March 07, 2019 - 06:00 pm to 06:59 pm (EST)

School Committee Meeting

March 05, 2019 - 06:00 pm to 08:10 pm (EST)

Town Council Workshop - Library MOU

March 04, 2019 - 05:30 pm to 06:28 pm (EST)

February

Planning Board Meeting

February 28, 2019 - 06:00 pm to 07:13 pm (EST)

Library Building Committee

February 27, 2019 - 06:00 pm to 09:00 pm (EST)

Board of Appeals Meeting

February 26, 2019 - 06:30 pm to 07:58 pm (EST)

Town Council

February 25, 2019 - 06:00 pm to 06:54 pm (EST)

Town Council Workshop - Adult Use/Medical Marijuana

February 25, 2019 - 05:00 pm to 05:52 pm (EST)

Traip Boys Basketball vs Buckfield

February 14, 2019 - 06:00 pm to 08:00 pm (EST)

Planning Board Meeting

February 14, 2019 - 06:00 pm to 08:49 pm (EST)

Library Building Committee Meeting

February 13, 2019 - 06:00 pm to 10:00 pm (EST)

Board of Appeals Meeting

February 12, 2019 - 06:30 pm to 09:30 pm (EST)

Town Council Meeting

February 11, 2019 - 06:00 pm to 07:37 pm (EST)

Port Authority Meeting

February 07, 2019 - 06:00 pm to 07:05 pm (EST)

Traip Girls Basketball vs Old Orchard Beach

February 05, 2019 - 06:00 pm to 08:00 pm (EST)

School Committee Meeting

February 05, 2019 - 06:00 pm to 09:00 pm (EST)

Traip Boys Basketball vs Sacopee

February 01, 2019 - 06:00 pm to 08:00 pm (EST)

January

Library Building Committee

January 29, 2019 - 06:00 pm to 09:00 pm (EST)

Town Council Meeting

January 28, 2019 - 06:00 pm to 07:16 pm (EST)

Planning Board Meeting

January 24, 2019 - 06:00 pm to 07:18 pm (EST)

Traip Boys Basketball vs Lake Region

January 22, 2019 - 06:00 pm to 08:00 pm (EST)

Traip Boys Basketball vs Waynflete

January 18, 2019 - 06:00 pm to 08:00 pm (EST)

School Committee Meeting

January 15, 2019 - 06:00 pm to 07:20 pm (EST)

Town Council Meeting

January 14, 2019 - 06:00 pm to 07:56 pm (EST)

Town Council Workshop - Affordable Housing

January 14, 2019 - 05:00 pm to 05:52 pm (EST)

Planning Board Part 2

January 10, 2019 - 10:04 pm to 10:29 pm (EST)

Planning Board Meeting

January 10, 2019 - 06:00 pm to 10:00 pm (EST)

Traip Girls Basketball vs Sacopee Valley

January 10, 2019 - 06:00 pm to 08:30 pm (EST)

Board of Appeals

January 08, 2019 - 06:30 pm to 09:17 pm (EST)

Traip Boys Basketball vs Yarmouth

January 05, 2019 - 06:00 pm to 08:00 pm (EST)

George Kathios Retirement Party

January 03, 2019 - 07:00 pm to 08:30 pm (EST)

Port Authority Meeting

January 03, 2019 - 06:00 pm to 08:02 pm (EST)

School Committee Meeting

January 02, 2019 - 06:00 pm to 07:35 pm (EST)


2018

December

Planning Board Meeting

December 27, 2018 - 06:00 pm to 10:00 pm (EST)

Town Council Meeting

December 24, 2018 - 06:00 pm to 10:00 pm (EST)

Traip Girls Basketball vs NYA

December 22, 2018 - 07:00 pm to 08:00 pm (EST)

Traip Girls Basketball vs Freeport

December 19, 2018 - 07:00 pm to 09:00 pm (EST)

School Committee Meeting

December 18, 2018 - 06:00 pm to 07:38 pm (EST)

Port Authority Workshop - Rules & Regulations

December 17, 2018 - 05:00 pm to 07:27 pm (EST)

Traip Girls Basketball vs Waynflete

December 14, 2018 - 07:00 pm to 10:00 pm (EST)

Planning Board Meeting

December 13, 2018 - 06:00 pm to 08:44 pm (EST)

Traip Boys Basketball vs Old Orchard Beach

December 11, 2018 - 07:00 pm to 09:00 pm (EST)

Library Building Committee

December 11, 2018 - 05:30 pm to 11:59 pm (EST)

Town Council

December 10, 2018 - 06:00 pm to 07:34 pm (EST)

Town Council Workshop - 2019 Goals & FY20 Budget Goals

December 10, 2018 - 05:30 pm to 05:55 pm (EST)

Traip Girls Basketball vs St Dominics

December 07, 2018 - 07:00 pm to 09:00 pm (EST)

Traip Boys Basketball vs St Dominics

December 07, 2018 - 06:00 pm to 08:00 pm (EST)

Port Authority Meeting

December 06, 2018 - 06:00 pm to 06:41 pm (EST)

School Committee Meeting

December 04, 2018 - 06:00 pm to 07:36 pm (EST)

2018 Kittery Holiday Parade

December 01, 2018 - 05:00 pm to 07:00 pm (EST)

November

Library Committee Meeting

November 29, 2018 - 06:00 pm to 09:00 pm (EST)

School Committee

November 27, 2018 - 06:00 pm to 07:48 pm (EST)

Town Council

November 26, 2018 - 06:00 pm to 07:16 pm (EST)

Town Council Parks Commission Workshop

November 26, 2018 - 05:00 pm to 05:54 pm (EST)

School Committee Meeting

November 20, 2018 - 06:00 pm to 10:00 pm (EST)

Town Council

November 14, 2018 - 06:02 pm to 07:21 pm (EST)

York River Study Workshop

November 14, 2018 - 05:30 pm to 05:58 pm (EST)

Board of Appeals Meeting

November 13, 2018 - 06:30 pm to 06:46 pm (EST)

Planning Board Meeting

November 08, 2018 - 06:00 pm to 07:52 pm (EST)

School Committee Meeting

November 06, 2018 - 06:00 pm to 07:10 pm (EST)

Port Authority Meeting

November 01, 2018 - 06:00 pm to 06:33 pm (EST)

October

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Board of Assessment Review

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Town Council Meeting

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Port Authority Meeting

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School Committee Meeting

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Kittery School Committee candidates answer questions

Clockwise from top left: Karen Masto, Eric Lemont, Joshua Cormier and John Dorlean.

KITTERY, Maine — Four candidates will vie for two vacancies on the School Committee during the Nov. 3 election. Seacoast Media Group sent questionnaires to all four candidates, and their responses are as follows:

Karen Matso

Age: 51

Years residing in Kittery: 20

Education and career/professional experience: I attended Colgate University where I received a BA in English, then moved to Los Angeles to teach third grade in Compton, through Teach For America. During this experience I met my husband and also figured out I needed more education in order to serve kids. I moved to NYC and in 1991, received a dual Masters degree in Social Work (school social work concentration) and Education through a combined program at Bank Street College of Education and Columbia University in NYC. During that time I interned in the city court system counseling families and teens, and also at a school on the lower east side. When I graduated, my husband and I moved to New Hampshire and I worked in elementary schools in Barrington and Durham, before having my twin boys. Once the boys came, I taught homeschool groups for three years until I felt OK about sending the boys to pre-school. Shortly after, I joined Traip Academy and Shapleigh as their adolescent literacy specialist. When the grant ended that paid my salary, I went on to work in York for 4 years in a similar role, then to the NHDOE as a contractor, and ultimately joined two friends to begin my own small company called Demonstrated Success. The mission of our company is to support teachers in their efforts to do their best to support kids.

Civic experience/community involvement: Co-advisor Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) at Traip Academy 2005-2008; Facilitator Magic the Gathering Club Shapleigh School 2013; Parent Advisory Group for Competency Based Learning 2015-2017; Odyssey of the Mind coach 2015 and 2016; Maine Odyssey of the Mind judge 2017 and 2018; Kittery Block Party volunteer 2015-2018; Participant in Community Advocates for All since 2017; Voices of the Heart singer since 2017; Civil Rights Team co-advisor 2019-21; Current member of Kittery Land Trust; Current volunteer at Victory Garden KLT- donating garden produce to the food pantry.

Do you have children that currently or previously attended Kittery schools? Yes, Jonah and Elias attended Kittery schools starting in kindergarten and they graduated last May.

Summarize in a few sentences your motivation for election to the School Committee: I have been volunteering to support Kittery schools since my kids started at Mitchell. I am very interested in making the most of our small school district. Because of our size, the support we have from community members, and smart, compassionate district leadership, we have incredible flexibility to try out of the box solutions to common problems facing schools. I want to help Kittery schools to devise new solutions to meet the changing needs of students and teachers.

List three major challenges/issues you believe are currently the most relevant to the school district, its students and staff (250 words or less): A major challenge we face is that because we cannot afford to pay as well as surrounding towns, we have trouble attracting and retaining excellent teachers. While our schools are fulfilling places to work, many do not come, or do not stay because they need a higher salary. We also struggle to provide diverse academic offerings and after school offerings that meet the needs of all learners. Lastly, as a parent in our community who is connected to many high schoolers, I feel that providing adequate mental health supports and extra-curricular opportunities at Traip Academy is a substantial challenge that I would like to help address.

What specific skills would you bring to the School Committee? I am a lifelong public school educator, and I have worked at the school, district, and state levels. I am also a trained social worker with strong facilitation and communication skills. I am creative, an excellent team player. I am a listener and an independent thinker.

Detail how you would like to address the ongoing impacts of COVID-19 on the school district, its students and staff: I applaud how our district has managed this crisis in terms of the plan they implemented. It is compassionate and provides flexibility to families. Going forward, I’d like for Kittery to explore models for flexing teachers’ schedules so that students can learn outside of the 8-3 or 7:30-2 day. If we staggered teacher schedules, we might be able to accommodate families of younger children who need a parent present to engage online. We might be able to offer instruction that meets the needs of our teachers who have children at home, and the needs of high schoolers who naturally focus later in the day.

We also might be able to provide more small group and 1-1 support to bridge any learning gaps that evolved from last spring. I also believe we need to provide more time and professional development for our teachers so that they feel masterful in the hybrid and online setting. Distance learning is a valuable tool for schools that have snow days and for students that excel in solo or more controlled environments, it is also valuable for collaborating with communities around the world, and accessing learning opportunities that reach far beyond Kittery.

By building capacity in our staff, we expand opportunities for our students even after we once again have the option for full brick and mortar classrooms. Lastly, I would like to find ways to engage our High School students to help younger students and their families engage in online learning. We have a brilliant army of tech savvy teens at Traip who could tutor younger students online and train parents to use technology more adeptly. It would be an incredible opportunity for our older kids to engage in civic leadership, and take on responsibility at a time our community is in need.

Detail your stance on the recent school resource officer debate, and your thoughts on the three-year SRO plan recently implemented by the current School Committee: I have been listening: Listening to many people I care for and admire offer their research based opinions, and their lived experiences to support why Kittery should not have an SRO officer in our schools. Listening to the anxieties of community members who want our students to be safe and feel that having an SRO is important to that end. Listening to parents for whom the current resource officer, Jay, has been a pivotal relationship for their child or children. Listening to my prior Traip students, now adults in Kittery, for whom the SRO at that time, provided mentorship and friendship. Listening to teacher friends, whose opinions are as diverse as their personhood. We all want the same things for our children: physical and emotional safety as they strive to be successful in school. This is foundational in educational best practice: students cannot learn if they do not feel a sense of safety, community, and belonging. As a highly student-centered educator, this one of my biggest priorities.

As a School Committee member, and hopefully a member of the task force for this issue, I will continue to listen. From what I have heard so far, I am not ready to say unequivocally that I am against presence of a police officer in Kittery schools; I do believe that having a positive relationship with local police is a valuable thing for students and families. What that presence can look like is wide open and there are some great examples out there to explore. I look forward to helping craft a role for our local police to have a positive presence in our school community. What I can say unequivocally is that due to our tight school budget and the overriding priority of educating students, I would like to see the town fully fund any police initiatives with the school, and have school funds directed towards academic initiatives, mental health supports and additional mentors for our children. We are a small and caring community and I have every confidence that together, we can construct solutions that support safety, community and belonging for all of our students and staff in Kittery schools. I look forward to being part of these solutions.

Use this question to address any pertinent matters about your candidacy that were not addressed above (200 words or less): -

Eric Lemont

Age: 37

Years residing in Kittery: 37

Education and career/professional experience: BS Finance Bentley University; Executive MBA University of New Brunswick; Senior analyst at Irving Oil for 13 years with experience in advanced analytics, financial analysis, pricing, management, operations and sales.

Civic experience/community involvement: Kittery Community Center Board of Directors, Kittery Athletics and Fields Committee, Traip Academy Boosters, Kittery Travel Basketball Board of Directors, Youth Soccer csoach.

Do you have children that currently or previously attended Kittery schools? I have two daughters who currently attend Shapleigh Middle School and Mitchell Primary School and a third daughter that will be at Mitchell in a couple years.

Summarize in a few sentences your motivation for election to the School Committee: I want to be able to continue giving back to the community that has done so much for me over my 37 years. I grew up here and I am raising my children here now, so I have a vested interest in the schools and making sure they continue to provide a stellar education for the children of Kittery. Growing up I watched as both my grandparents and parents were active in this community and I want to follow in their footsteps.

List three major challenges/issues you believe are currently the most relevant to the school district, its students and staff (250 words or less): Of utmost importance is keeping the best teachers and staff in our district by making sure their pay and benefits are comparable to other area districts and providing them with the tools needed to be effective in teaching our children. Kittery teachers are currently 35th in the state when it comes to pay over the course of a career. We need to improve this ranking in a fiscally responsible way for the Kittery taxpayers; my background in financial analysis and budgeting will aid in this pursuit. Keeping our schools safe for all students, teachers and staff is an important and timely issue in our district. To do so I want to be involved in the 3 year plan around the SRO position. Making sure our students are prepared for life beyond Traip Academy is important. They need to understand all the options available to them for a potential career path. I would like to see more focus on outreach to local businesses and industries to let students see the myriad of paths open to them. Utilizing the shipyard for STEM partnerships and businesses like Kittery Trading Post, restaurants, banks, and other corporate entities are all excellent opportunities for students to explore their options. Building engagement in our local government is an excellent option for students; I have recommended having student representation on the boards I have been on. Having guest speakers from different industries will help to reinforce the close ties with the community and provide vital guidance for our students. We can empower our students to explore new programs and find a path that they are interested in.

What specific skills would you bring to the School Committee? My background as an analyst has prepared me to look at large data sets to draw conclusions based on qualitative and quantitative measures. I have poured and analyzed operating and sales budgets in the multi-millions of dollars and understand the importance of balancing fiscal responsibility with the needs of an organization’s operations. I can utilize my background to understand all sides of every issue brought before the School Committee and make decisions based on meticulous analysis. I also have experience being on town boards and committees and knowledge of how our local government works.

Detail how you would like to address the ongoing impacts of COVID-19 on the school district, its students and staff: I want to applaud the work that has been done by the administration, teachers, and staff during an unprecedented time for our schools. I think that allowing parents to choose the best learning options for their children was a wonderful decision. The most important thing for our schools going forward will be the ongoing support for our teachers, staff and students as they navigate through an uncertain environment. This whole process has been mentally and physically taxing on our teachers; they are teaching in person, teaching remote, and policing the safety of our students (mask wearing, physical distancing). It has been a lot to lay at their feet and they deserve recognition in the community. I would like to see a recognition program put into place for those teachers and staff members that go above and beyond the call of duty. Periodically through the year administration should publicly recognize teachers and staff that have done something outstanding for our schools / students. This could be borne out of the COVID response from our schools, but would be worth continuing after COVID wanes.

Detail your stance on the recent school resource officer debate, and your thoughts on the three-year SRO plan that was recently implemented by the current School Committee: The SRO position has been an important topic throughout the summer for our community and I am disappointed in the way it played out; this issue is one of the reasons I wanted to run. I am glad that the SRO position was renewed for the upcoming year as I believe there are many valuable services this role provides to our schools. It was disheartening to hear that some kids in our district feel uncomfortable with an SRO in our schools. I feel that we have a great SRO in place currently and could help those kids feel more comfort with law enforcement by essentially “building a bridge” and displaying what a good police officer is. I think this outreach is key because policing is not going away. The three-year SRO plan seems to be a fair compromise currently and we need to make sure we analyze all the data and make an informed decision for all students. I’ve spoken with many teachers, students, former students, and parents that see immense value in the SRO, but struggle with any students feeling uncomfortable in our schools. The school committee has a lot of work ahead over the next three years and I want to be a part of it.

Use this question to address any pertinent matters about your candidacy that were not addressed above (200 words or less): I grew up in Kittery and attended K-12 here. My parents instilled in me the importance of education early on in life. I come from a family of teachers; my grandmother, my mother, and my mother in-law were all teachers at Traip Academy and both my sister in-laws are middle school teachers. This is a great opportunity for me to continue to serve the town and build a great future for our children, by keeping our schools safe, supporting and recognizing our great teachers, empowering our students, and keeping the education Kittery provides top notch.

John Dorlean

Age: 43

Years residing in Kittery: 4

Education and career/professional experience: Bachelor’s Degree in Telecommunications; Over 20 years in media production, animation, and creative direction; Adjunct collegiate teacher

Civic experience/community involvement: VP and coach of Little League, various neighborhood charity events.

Do you have children that currently or previously attended Kittery Schools? Yes. We have two in Shapleigh and one in Mitchell.

Summarize in a few sentences your motivation for election to the School Committee: This is actually something I’ve been thinking about for a couple of years now. Giving back to a community and a school system that welcomed me and my family is my primary motivation. I’ve personally witnessed the great level of care and thoughtfulness of the teachers and administrators, and I want to help continue that tradition. Additionally, I want to introduce more technology not only to the curriculum, but also in the classrooms to assist teachers engage students.

List three major challenges/issues you believe are currently the most relevant to the school district, its students and staff (250 words or less): Increase student engagement, including the neurodiverse. I’ve had the privilege of sitting in meetings with teachers and administrators about my kid’s individual education. It actually brought my wife to tears after our first meeting with the school. We were both impressed and in awe at the level of care they took with our kids. I want to help continue that care by researching and creating tools to help them have an even clearer picture of what individual students understand in order to refine their approach. Interest based collaborative learning. Without a reason to learn what they consider boring material, students can become more disinterested and fatigued as each school year progresses. I want to help teachers and administrators develop a curriculum that connects lessons with students' personal interest. I often wish I paid more attention to trigonometry and physics in high school since I use it a lot in my profession. I want to help expand the project-based lessons our schools have initiated. Utilization of technology to encourage a desire to learn. With the advent of smaller, cheaper technology, and off-the-shelf tools, we can create projects and classes that spark discovery. If there’s one thing my kids have taught me is that they don’t want a lecture. Facilitating self-guided learning has shown to improve understanding. Taking lessons from the video game industry, students should be given objective-based challenges with the right amount of failure embedded in the task. The “I almost got it” effect can help drive a passion for learning.

What specific skills would you bring to the School Committee?: Decades of design, animation, and media production used to captivate and inform; Experience in corporate engagement through marketing and advertising strategies; Teaching classes at a college in northern Maine; Broad technological expertise and interests; Personal experience with adjusting and managing ADHD.

Detail how you would like to address the ongoing impacts of COVID-19 on the school district, its students and staff: For many years now I’ve personally held a belief that the traditional format of education is in need of an overhaul. A system born in the industrial revolution hasn’t really kept pace with the information age. This isn’t the fault of the school system itself, but more of a lack of social willingness to abandon familiarity in order to embrace shifting trends. As Ken Robinson put it “we’re trying to meet the future by doing what we did in the past.” With COVID-19 making traditional school a health risk, we’ve had to quicken our pace of technological adoption. It’s forced us to rethink not only school dynamics, but also how to engage with students. Without the intrinsically baked in “discipline” through a common facility, transition alerts, announcements, and authority figures to focus on, we’ve had to accept this new paradigm. We have an opportunity to rethink and reshape the delivery of education. With a myriad of tools at our disposal we can create a system that incorporates new discoveries in neurological and behavioral sciences, as well as information technology.

Detail your stance on the recent school resource officer debate, and your thoughts on the three-year SRO plan that was recently implemented by the current School Committee: My stance is that I believe compromises can always be made when parties strive for unity. All families and residents want the same thing for our kids, an environment that fosters an excitement for learning that's safe. Mental health is a subject very dear to me. A lack of effective counsel, academic engagement, sense of belonging, and genuine sustained achievements can easily turn today's "bad kid" into tomorrow's delinquent. The school’s budget and resources should be solely used for education, and assisting students get the help and support they need to be active and productive members of the community. Many people have expressed how Officer Jay has been a support to their kids and family. I recently spoke with a friend who told me about the time he helped a young family member in crisis. He's been a mentor for many, a mainstay in this community, and I absolutely want to continue that connection. I want to help bridge a positive collaborative relationship between the school and police department to nurture unity.

Use this question to address any pertinent matters about your candidacy that were not addressed above (200 words or less): Since before my children were born, I’ve had an interest in helping to reform our traditional system. As a student who struggled, I found it hard to sustain the same level of interest as many of my peers. I wouldn’t find out I have ADHD for another few decades. My ambition was to be great, but the reality of constant failure weighed me down making every step of the journey labored. Along the way I had to learn and create techniques to manage my education and improve. A major issue I want to address is the prevalence of neurodiversity within the student body. Many neurodiverse students are labeled as bad, lazy, defiant, and/or disinterested. I’d like to assist in creating a curriculum that helps all students find their value in the classroom. Most kids have a dream of what they want to be. I want to help bridge the connection from lessons to ambition. Having a discovery-based approach to lessons in order to help students take ownership of their education Teaching “how to learn” and “the joy of learning” by introducing subjects that turn teachers into facilitators/co-students.

Joshua Cormier

Age: 39

Years residing in Kittery: 1.5 in Kittery and 3 in Portsmouth

Education and career/professional experience: BS in Mechanical Engineering – University of Rhode Island; Minors in Nuclear Engineering and Physics; BA (German) – University of Rhode Island; BS in Professional Aeronautics – Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University; Minors in Aviation Safety and International Relations; Helicopter Flight School – US Army; Army Instructor Training Course – US Army; Equal Opportunity Leaders Course – US Army. I am currently a mechanical engineer and training specialist for an organization in Kittery. Prior to this I was an armored reconnaissance sergeant and later a helicopter pilot in the Army. My time in the Army includes two tours in Baghdad, Iraq. During my service in the Army I was selected to manage my unit’s Equal Opportunity/Sexual Harassment program.

Civic experience/community involvement: I served in the military from 1999-2015 volunteering for active service in a combat occupation following the 9/11 attacks. In the past I have done volunteer outreach with hospice patients in the Seacoast area.

Do you have children that currently or previously attended Kittery Schools? I do not have children that are currently attending or have previously attended Kittery Schools.

Summarize in a few sentences your motivation for election to the School Committee: In Kittery there will always be questions about the motivations of candidates. It’s because people care about who their elected officials are. It is interesting to note however that some of the loudest voices as to my time in this community are the same calling for inclusivity and diversity in our community. I believe that my positions should be judged on their merit. So why would a person that moved here a year and a half ago and has no kids care about the kids? I have the same vested interest that every citizen has to see to it that our children have the best quality education. There is a high correlation between great communities and quality education. I want to live in a great community. We also need quality people to hold elected office. Although I was not eager to hold elected office in this Town, it was apparent that someone needed to step up and provide a rational alternative for the School Committee. We needed someone that is not afraid of bullies and will stand up to them when the will of the overwhelming majority of our community is ignored as we saw with the SRO.

List three major challenges/issues you believe are currently the most relevant to the school district, its students and staff (250 words or less): Teacher retention is the number one issue. The amount our teachers will earn over 30 years is not competitive with surrounding districts. Couple this with the high cost of living and we have an economics problem with retaining teachers. We need to bring teachers’ pay in line with our expectations for a quality education if we want to retain teachers. The tax burden is the number two issue. Our School District consumes 60% of our budget expenditures. In light of the recent property tax assessments I don’t believe anyone has the will to increase the budget any more than absolutely necessary. Because of this I believe that we should be open to ideas of revenue generation for our School District. It’s not overnight and it will require some upfront costs, but there are avenues to harness our competitive advantages to start drawing in revenue from outside of our own tax base. Third, I believe we should be cognizant to the threat of politicization of our schools. This has never been more important than during the polarizing political times we live in. We saw this this year with the attempt to remove the SRO and there are calls for the evaluation of our curriculum for political ends. Our schools should not be a sandbox for political theories.

What specific skills would you bring to the School Committee?: As an engineer I am skilled in evaluating data and knowing what questions to ask in order to get to the root cause of a problem. Sometimes we look at the data without interpretation and draw the wrong conclusion. A rational approach to problem solving is what’s needed on the School Committee. Social justice issues, in particular racial issues, are an important part of current discussion in our community. Having managed an Equal Opportunity program I believe that this will be an asset on the Committee. My training in handling sexual harassment claims will also be valuable should a related matter come before the Committee.

Detail how you would like to address the ongoing impacts of COVID-19 on the school district, its students and staff: We should look at what the data and the experts are saying about COVID-19 and develop courses of action that are practical, effective, and in accordance with the community’s wishes to include students, staff, their families, and our neighbors. We should err on the side of caution as practical where conflicts arise. We should also use this opportunity to hone our options for alternative education delivery methods. I believe that in-person education is best especially when considering the social and logistical impacts of at-home learning. However, snow storms and pandemics happen and the worst thing we could do is be unprepared to effectively educate our kids when contingencies arise. COVID-19 is giving us an opportunity to get good at alternative education delivery methods.

Detail your stance on the recent school resource officer debate, and your thoughts on the three-year SRO plan that was recently implemented by the current School Committee: This debate was the catalyst for my candidacy. I participated in the campaign to fund the SRO that was successful on August 18th. I believe that law enforcement is an important part of any civil community. It is disheartening that members of our community feel that law enforcement is a racist paradigm. I respect the perspective of opponents to the SRO but disagree with the solution, the removal of law enforcement from our community. Law enforcement should work with these community members to bridge the gap. To that end I can think of no better person to do so than our SRO, Jay Durgin. The three-year plan originally called for the School Civil Rights Team to meet with the SRO. However the Civil Rights Team refused that overture and this was removed from the three-year plan prior to approval. I believe that the three-year plan is the type of comprise this community is entitled to and it’s what should’ve been ready for the vote on Aug. 4. However, this doesn’t mean it’s the end of it. If we learned anything with the SRO issue it’s that we need to pay attention to the School Committee.

Use this question to address any pertinent matters about your candidacy that were not addressed above (200 words or less): My vision for our school district is to brand KSD as a STEM-focused school district. This doesn’t mean that everyone will go on to study a STEM discipline in college. It will have our kids study a curriculum that is science-centric and give them skills that can be used in a variety of fields not to exclude liberal arts. We should use the STEM-focused curriculum to have a series of science projects, like renewable energy projects, that our curriculum is coordinated around and anchored to. This would allow students to have context for their education while leading to the development of projects that could have significant and timely real world impact. By rebranding into a STEM-focused curriculum we would be able to work toward revenue generation. We have a competitive advantage globally where international students can come and use Traip Academy has a springboard to the excellent universities in the region. This provides tuition from outside of our tax base and housing rental opportunities for Kittery residents during the off-season. We are also one of the only school districts in the country that has a deep water pier. This should be harnessed to our advantage. Visit www.CormierforKitterySchools.com for more details about my vision and my candidacy.

Karen Matso

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Southborough School Committee meeting October 13, 2021

Kittery fall election: 3 Town Council seats, 2 School Committee seats on ballot

KITTERY, Maine — Several local seats are up for grabs in the municipal and school election this November, the town has announced.

Eligible residents can obtain nomination papers from the town clerk for the five available seats. Nomination papers became available July 1. Three seats on the seven-member Town Council will be on the ballot this fall, and two will be open on the Kittery School Committee, also with seven members.

The Town Council recently saw a wave of change in the town’s June election, electing two new councilors, Mary Gibbons Stevens and Cameron Hamm, to the council after seats were left empty following the wintertime resignations of two ex-councilors. The ex-councilors, Charles Denault Jr. and Kenneth Lemont, both resigned within days of each other, the former for a personal investigation he led against town personnel that violated the town’s charter, and the latter, who played little to no role in Denault’s investigation, citing health reasons.

Three seats on the seven-member Kittery Town Council will be on the ballot this fall, and two will be open on the Kittery School Committee, also with seven members.

Expiring seats belong to longtime council members Jeffrey Thomson, who currently chairs the committee, and Judy Spiller, the Town Council’s vice chairperson. Councilor Cyrus Clark’s seat will also be up for grabs in November.

All three council members began their three-year terms on Nov. 14, 2018, and their seats will all expire together on Monday, Nov. 8.

On the School Committee side, vice chairperson Anne Gilbert’s seat will be on the ballot, as well as fellow committee member Annie Cicero’s.

All five seats' terms will expire on the same day- Nov. 5, 2024.

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Nomination deadline

Nomination papers must be returned to Town Clerk Karen Estee and will be available until the filing period ends on Thursday, Aug. 12 at 6 p.m. Papers can be obtained Monday through Thursday between the hours of 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Estee’s office is located at 200 Rogers Road.

The election will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 2 at the Kittery Community Center on 120 Rogers Road.

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