SWH School Seat up for Grabs

SOUTHWEST HARBOR — A vacant seat on the school committee here will be filled on Election Day, Nov. 8.

The seat became open with the resignation of Amy Young at the beginning of August.

Ms. Young served more than six years on the committee and, for the past two years, was chairman. She said she stepped down due to a growing number of commitments regarding “home, school and career.”

“It was incredibly fulfilling,” Ms. Young said of her tenure on the committee. “It was a great honor to serve.”

The remaining school committee members made the decision to fill the opening at the November election during a special meeting on Monday, according to school superintendent Rob Liebow.

There were three options for filling the seat, Mr. Liebow said.

First, the committee could have appointed a successor to Ms. Young and had 30 days in which to do so.

Second, if the committee failed to act within those 30 days, the board of selectmen had the option to appoint a successor.

The third option, which is the one the committee chose, is to fill the seat at the next scheduled election. Because a vacant selectman’s seat will be filled in a special election on Nov. 8, it seemed appropriate for the committee to fill Ms. Young’s seat at the same time, Mr. Liebow said.

Nomination papers for both the school committee and the selectman’s seats are available in the town office and due back by Friday, Oct. 7 at 5 p.m.

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Mark Good

Mark Good

Reporter at Mount Desert Islander