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Community Members Added to Building Committee

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Community Members Added to Building Committee
Posted on 02/28/2018
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The Portland Board of Public Education voted on Feb. 27 to appoint six community members to the Buildings for Our Future Advisory Building Committee. That committee is charged with advising the school board regarding the $64 million rebuild of Longfellow, Lyseth, Presumpscot and Reiche elementary schools.

The rebuild project was approved by Portland voters in November. Following that vote, the school board began developing a governance structure as a first step in advancing the project and making key decisions in the near future, such as the number of schools that will be built at a time and the sequential order of school construction projects. As part of that governance structure, the board decided to create the Buildings for Our Future (BFOF) Advisory Building Committee and in January invited community members to apply to join that committee.

The board’s Appointments Committee reviewed the applications and recommended the following six community members for appointment to the BFOF Advisory Building Committee. At is Feb. 27 meeting, the school board voted to accept those recommendations. Included with their background information is a summary of the six community members’ responses to the application question: “Explain why you want to be a part of the Building Committee?”

Abigail Fuller – Abigail previously worked as a volunteer on the four-school bond effort. She is passionate about insuring that our public schools are the best they can be for our community’s children. She believes that good schools are integral to a strong and vital city. Abigail has two children attending Lyseth Elementary School and one that attends Portland High School.

Hamza Haadoow – Hamza is a strong advocate for renovating our schools for the children in our public schools. He is passionate about improving Portland schools for ALL learners. Hamza has nine children. His children attend Presumpscot Elementary School, Lyman Moore Middle School, Deering High School and Casco Bay High School.

Jennifer Hunter – Jennifer teaches high school Spanish in Sanford. She is interested in offering input from the perspective of a parent and educator. Jennifer has a child who attends King Middle School.

Jessica Marino  Jessica has been involved in the Buildings for Our Future project from its first stages of development. Her main objectives are meeting the educational needs of students and educators while maintaining walkable neighborhood schools. As a speech language pathologist working for Maine’s Child Development Services, she provides special education services to pre-K students in Portland and South Portland. Jessica has three children; one at Longfellow Elementary School and the other two at Lincoln Middle School.

Jay Norris – Jay is a professional project manager, with a 20-year career managing large construction and technology infrastructure projects. Jay is not a parent and describes himself as independent and in no way connected to any group, construction agency, developer, financial institution or specific service provider who might stand to benefit from the construction. He believes strongly in having modern, updated, safe and clean learning environments, and wants to serve the community by assisting in these projects.

Matthew Winch – As the parent of three children, Matthew has been involved with the schools in various capacities. With one child still to enter the school district, he feels he has a long-term vested interest in the outcomes here and truly believes that these schools are a fundamental cornerstone to the strength of the school district and the city overall. One of his children attends Lyseth Elementary School in its Spanish Immersion Program, and one attends Lyman Moore Middle School. His third child will be entering Lyseth this fall.

The appointment of the citizen members completes the selection process for the BFOF Advisory Building Committee. The community members now join school board members Roberto Rodriguez, Laurie Davis and Sarah Thompson, and city councilors Belinda Ray and Justin Costa. At the school board’s Feb. 27 meeting, board Chair Anna Trevorrow appointed Rodriguez and Costa as co-chairs of the BFOF Advisory Building Committee.