Incumbents keep South Portland School Board seats

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SOUTH PORTLAND — Voters re-elected two incumbents to the School Board on Tuesday.

Vice Chairwoman Karen Callaghan and board member Mary House received 4,987 and 4,821 votes, respectively.

Newcomer Christopher Hershey received 3,296 votes, according to unofficial tallies.

There were 165 write-ins and 11,641 blanks for the at-large positions.

House, a project manager at Woodard & Curran and a 20-year resident of the city, said she is “thrilled” that she was re-elected.

She was appointed to the board in 2012 to fill a vacancy, finished her predecessor’s term obligation last year, also served on the Finance Committee. She will serve a three-year term starting in December and she said she is excited to have the full amount of time to “expand” upon the work she has been doing.

House said he main goal for the city’s schools is to maintain a wide diversity of programs. Options should include science, technology and engineering options, and enhance student engagement, she said. 

She said that her success comes largely from her own engagement in the schools, and the fact that she has “broad outreach in that community” and ties to many families and students.

Callaghan is also a long-time city resident.

“I’m glad to be back,” she said.

Both of Callaghan’s adult children attended South Portland schools and, although she now works part time at the Scarborough Public Library, she has also worked at the South Portland Public Library.

Overcrowding in the elementary and middle schools, as well as budget cuts, are two things Callaghan said she would like to pay attention to. In addition, she said she would like to increase the board’s communication with students’ parents and family members. 

Both winners said they look forward to continuing to work with one another.

Lily O’Gara can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 106 or logara@theforecaster.net. Follow her on Twitter: @lilyog28.

SOUTH PORTLAND — Voters re-elected two incumbents to the School Board on Tuesday.

Vice Chairwoman Karen Callaghan and board member Mary House received 4,987 and 4,821 votes, respectively.

Newcomer Christopher Hershey received 3,296 votes, according to unofficial tallies.

There were 165 write-ins and 11,641 blanks for the at-large positions.

House, a project manager at Woodard & Curran and a 20-year resident of the city, said she is “thrilled” that she was re-elected.

She was appointed to the board in 2012 to fill a vacancy, finished her predecessor’s term obligation last year, also served on the Finance Committee. She will serve a three-year term starting in December and she said she is excited to have the full amount of time to “expand” upon the work she has been doing.

House said he main goal for the city’s schools is to maintain a wide diversity of programs. Options should include science, technology and engineering options, and enhance student engagement, she said. 

She said that her success comes largely from her own engagement in the schools, and the fact that she has “broad outreach in that community” and ties to many families and students.

Callaghan is also a long-time city resident.

“I’m glad to be back,” she said.

Both of Callaghan’s adult children attended South Portland schools and, although she now works part time at the Scarborough Public Library, she has also worked at the South Portland Public Library.

Overcrowding in the elementary and middle schools, as well as budget cuts, are two things Callaghan said she would like to pay attention to. In addition, she said she would like to increase the board’s communication with students’ parents and family members. 

Both winners said they look forward to continuing to work with one another.

Lily O’Gara can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 106 or logara@theforecaster.net. Follow her on Twitter: @lilyog28.

SOUTH PORTLAND — Voters re-elected two incumbents to the School Board on Tuesday.

Vice Chairwoman Karen Callaghan and board member Mary House received 4,987 and 4,821 votes, respectively.

Newcomer Christopher Hershey received 3,296 votes, according to unofficial tallies.

There were 165 write-ins and 11,641 blanks for the at-large positions.

House, a project manager at Woodard & Curran and a 20-year resident of the city, said she is “thrilled” that she was re-elected.

She was appointed to the board in 2012 to fill a vacancy, finished her predecessor’s term obligation last year, also served on the Finance Committee. She will serve a three-year term starting in December and she said she is excited to have the full amount of time to “expand” upon the work she has been doing.

House said he main goal for the city’s schools is to maintain a wide diversity of programs. Options should include science, technology and engineering options, and enhance student engagement, she said. 

She said that her success comes largely from her own engagement in the schools, and the fact that she has “broad outreach in that community” and ties to many families and students.

Callaghan is also a long-time city resident.

“I’m glad to be back,” she said.

Both of Callaghan’s adult children attended South Portland schools and, although she now works part time at the Scarborough Public Library, she has also worked at the South Portland Public Library.

Overcrowding in the elementary and middle schools, as well as budget cuts, are two things Callaghan said she would like to pay attention to. In addition, she said she would like to increase the board’s communication with students’ parents and family members. 

Both winners said they look forward to continuing to work with one another.

Lily O’Gara can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 106 or logara@theforecaster.net. Follow her on Twitter: @lilyog28.

SOUTH PORTLAND — Voters re-elected two incumbents to the School Board on Tuesday.

Vice Chairwoman Karen Callaghan and board member Mary House received 4,987 and 4,821 votes, respectively.

Newcomer Christopher Hershey received 3,296 votes, according to unofficial tallies.

There were 165 write-ins and 11,641 blanks for the at-large positions.

House, a project manager at Woodard & Curran and a 20-year resident of the city, said she is “thrilled” that she was re-elected.

She was appointed to the board in 2012 to fill a vacancy, finished her predecessor’s term obligation last year, also served on the Finance Committee. She will serve a three-year term starting in December and she said she is excited to have the full amount of time to “expand” upon the work she has been doing.

House said he main goal for the city’s schools is to maintain a wide diversity of programs. Options should include science, technology and engineering options, and enhance student engagement, she said. 

She said that her success comes largely from her own engagement in the schools, and the fact that she has “broad outreach in that community” and ties to many families and students.

Callaghan is also a long-time city resident.

“I’m glad to be back,” she said.

Both of Callaghan’s adult children attended South Portland schools and, although she now works part time at the Scarborough Public Library, she has also worked at the South Portland Public Library.

Overcrowding in the elementary and middle schools, as well as budget cuts, are two things Callaghan said she would like to pay attention to. In addition, she said she would like to increase the board’s communication with students’ parents and family members. 

Both winners said they look forward to continuing to work with one another.

Lily O’Gara can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 106 or logara@theforecaster.net. Follow her on Twitter: @lilyog28.

SOUTH PORTLAND — Voters re-elected two incumbents to the School Board on Tuesday.

Vice Chairwoman Karen Callaghan and board member Mary House received 4,987 and 4,821 votes, respectively.

Newcomer Christopher Hershey received 3,296 votes, according to unofficial tallies.

There were 165 write-ins and 11,641 blanks for the at-large positions.

House, a project manager at Woodard & Curran and a 20-year resident of the city, said she is “thrilled” that she was re-elected.

She was appointed to the board in 2012 to fill a vacancy, finished her predecessor’s term obligation last year, also served on the Finance Committee. She will serve a three-year term starting in December and she said she is excited to have the full amount of time to “expand” upon the work she has been doing.

House said he main goal for the city’s schools is to maintain a wide diversity of programs. Options should include science, technology and engineering options, and enhance student engagement, she said. 

She said that her success comes largely from her own engagement in the schools, and the fact that she has “broad outreach in that community” and ties to many families and students.

Callaghan is also a long-time city resident.

“I’m glad to be back,” she said.

Both of Callaghan’s adult children attended South Portland schools and, although she now works part time at the Scarborough Public Library, she has also worked at the South Portland Public Library.

Overcrowding in the elementary and middle schools, as well as budget cuts, are two things Callaghan said she would like to pay attention to. In addition, she said she would like to increase the board’s communication with students’ parents and family members. 

Both winners said they look forward to continuing to work with one another.

Lily O’Gara can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 106 or logara@theforecaster.net. Follow her on Twitter: @lilyog28.

SOUTH PORTLAND — Voters re-elected two incumbents to the School Board on Tuesday.

Vice Chairwoman Karen Callaghan and board member Mary House received 4,987 and 4,821 votes, respectively.

Newcomer Christopher Hershey received 3,296 votes, according to unofficial tallies.

There were 165 write-ins and 11,641 blanks for the at-large positions.

House, a project manager at Woodard & Curran and a 20-year resident of the city, said she is “thrilled” that she was re-elected.

She was appointed to the board in 2012 to fill a vacancy, finished her predecessor’s term obligation last year, also served on the Finance Committee. She will serve a three-year term starting in December and she said she is excited to have the full amount of time to “expand” upon the work she has been doing.

House said he main goal for the city’s schools is to maintain a wide diversity of programs. Options should include science, technology and engineering options, and enhance student engagement, she said. 

She said that her success comes largely from her own engagement in the schools, and the fact that she has “broad outreach in that community” and ties to many families and students.

Callaghan is also a long-time city resident.

“I’m glad to be back,” she said.

Both of Callaghan’s adult children attended South Portland schools and, although she now works part time at the Scarborough Public Library, she has also worked at the South Portland Public Library.

Overcrowding in the elementary and middle schools, as well as budget cuts, are two things Callaghan said she would like to pay attention to. In addition, she said she would like to increase the board’s communication with students’ parents and family members. 

Both winners said they look forward to continuing to work with one another.

Lily O’Gara can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 106 or logara@theforecaster.net. Follow her on Twitter: @lilyog28.

SOUTH PORTLAND — Voters re-elected two incumbents to the School Board on Tuesday.

Vice Chairwoman Karen Callaghan and board member Mary House received 4,987 and 4,821 votes, respectively.

Newcomer Christopher Hershey received 3,296 votes, according to unofficial tallies.

There were 165 write-ins and 11,641 blanks for the at-large positions.

House, a project manager at Woodard & Curran and a 20-year resident of the city, said she is “thrilled” that she was re-elected.

She was appointed to the board in 2012 to fill a vacancy, finished her predecessor’s term obligation last year, also served on the Finance Committee. She will serve a three-year term starting in December and she said she is excited to have the full amount of time to “expand” upon the work she has been doing.

House said he main goal for the city’s schools is to maintain a wide diversity of programs. Options should include science, technology and engineering options, and enhance student engagement, she said. 

She said that her success comes largely from her own engagement in the schools, and the fact that she has “broad outreach in that community” and ties to many families and students.

Callaghan is also a long-time city resident.

“I’m glad to be back,” she said.

Both of Callaghan’s adult children attended South Portland schools and, although she now works part time at the Scarborough Public Library, she has also worked at the South Portland Public Library.

Overcrowding in the elementary and middle schools, as well as budget cuts, are two things Callaghan said she would like to pay attention to. In addition, she said she would like to increase the board’s communication with students’ parents and family members. 

Both winners said they look forward to continuing to work with one another.

Lily O’Gara can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 106 or logara@theforecaster.net. Follow her on Twitter: @lilyog28.

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