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District 4 School Board Member Stepping Down in September

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District 4 School Board Member Stepping Down in September
Posted on 07/05/2017
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Portland Board of Public Education Representative Stephanie Hatzenbuehler has announced she will be resigning her seat in September because she and her family are moving out of the state.

No special election will be held because her District 4 seat is already up for election on Nov. 7. Haztenbuehler’s resignation will come just a few months shy of the completion of her first three-year term on the board. Nomination papers for that seat and also for two other school board seats up for election – an at-large seat and the District 5 seat – are available at the City Clerk’s office starting Wednesday, July 5.

“It is with mixed emotions that I announce that I will not seek re-election to the Portland School Board District 4 seat in the coming election,” Hatzenbuehler said. “The announcement to leave public service in Maine at this time is a result of a decision I have made, with my family, to move across the country to be closer to our extended family in the West.” 

“Stephanie is a highly valued and respected member of the school board,” said Superintendent Xavier Botana. “She clearly is dedicated to ensuring the success of students, staff and families in the Portland Public Schools. She has been a tremendous support through my transition. I know that I speak for her fellow board members and district staff in saying that we are very grateful to Stephanie for her service and wish her all the best in this next phase of her life.”

Hatzenbuehler, a social worker and mother of two young children, was elected in November 2014. She has served on several committees while on the school board. During this school year, she served on the School Facilities Ad Hoc Committee, which led the successful effort to get bond proposals regarding renovating the city’s elementary schools on the ballot this November. She was a member of the Parent Partnership Policy Committee, which helped develop a new board policy to enhance the district’s engagement with families. She also served as chairman of the board’s Finance Committee, guiding the budget process for the board this past year.

“It has been a great honor and joy to work with the people of Portland in service to our public schools,” Hatzenbuehler said. “I have loved my service on the board, particularly working with my fellow board members in choosing our new superintendent and working with dedicated teachers, staff and administrators in creating a scholastic environment that promotes safe and rigorous teaching and learning.

I am grateful to the voters of District 4 for allowing me the opportunity to represent them. It has been a privilege to serve as a school board member for the City of Portland, and I have the greatest confidence that our public schools will continue to prepare our students to be productive, valuable members of our great city.”

For more information on running for a school board seat or other municipal offices, go to: http://www.portlandmaine.gov/1116/November-Municipal-Election