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SAD #75 (Topsham) Board Member {_getChooseLabel(this.selections.length)}

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  • John Forsyth

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  • William Keleher

  • Catherine Meier

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Campaign Email ccgilson@gwi.net

Providing students with a quality education while adapting to the fluctuating demands caused by the pandemic is the most important issue at hand for 2021. The school board must be able to act quickly and efficiently to minimize the impact felt in the classroom while at the same time supporting solutions for teachers and support staff that are affordable and effective. Funding our schools is a challenge in any year, but the demands of providing staff and students with a safe environment during the pandemic will stress the school budget even further.

These are very difficult time and it's of the utmost importance that the school board functions efficiently with the administration to address these challenges. I’ll work collaboratively with the other board members to listen carefully to all sides of an issue and work hard to support the teachers and staff in MSAD 75 while making the tough decisions that can affect everyone in our school district.
I believe strong schools are the cornerstone of strong communities. I’ve been surrounded by educators all my life and believe in the power of public education. I believe in giving back to my community where I’ve served on several nonprofit boards and for volunteer organizations and I’m not afraid to make difficult decisions based on careful deliberation for the good of our kids and for our communities. I raised my two boys in Topsham and they benefitted from a great education in the Topsham schools. It's important to me that every child in MSAD 75 receives the same opportunities that they did.
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Note from John Forsyth: I am on the ballot for school board representing Topsham. However, I am not going to be campaigning and encourage everyone to vote for one (or four) of the other candidates. Earlier this month I underwent an emergency operation and have subsequently been referred to a specialist because of health concerns. It would be irresponsible to continue to seek election when I won't be able to give the position the time or energy it deserves. My focus will have to be on beating this and our children need someone who can focus on them."
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