Former Houlton councilor appointed to SAD 29 board

March 1st, 2011 by admin Leave a reply »

HOULTON, Maine – A former town councilor who failed in a previous bid to secure a seat on the SAD 29 school board was appointed to a seat on Monday evening to fill a vacancy caused by a resignation.

During a brief council meeting Monday evening, councilors chose Paul Cleary, a Houlton resident and former councilor, over three other candidates for the seat. Cleary, who tried unsuccessfully to win a seat on the board in 2009, has served several terms on the council, including time as chairman.

Councilors needed to appoint a new member to replace Lisa Harvey, who resigned the seat after she moved to another town in the district and could no longer represent Houlton on the board. The district consists of the towns of Houlton, Littleton, Monticello and Hammond.

In addition to Cleary, Houlton residents John Tribou, Carl Lord Jr. and Dr. Donald Woods also requested to be appointed. Woods, a retired dentist, is a past school board member and former chairman. Tribou, a bank branch manager, has never served on a municipal or school board. Lord is a semiretired former councilor who also has sat on other municipal boards.

Cleary and Lord were not at the meeting, but submitted letters of intention. Woods told the board that he had enjoyed his time on the school board and was still interested in serving the district.

Tribou said that he was well-connected to the community through various clubs and organizations, had lived in Houlton for 20 years and wanted to see the community

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