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School board member Gordon not running for reelection in Derry
At this weekend's annual school district meeting, board Chairman Brenda Willis praised Gordon for his years of service to the district and the town.
"We've seen many positive changes in our district, but the biggest improvement has been in our buildings with the elimination of 36 portable classrooms and trailers," said Willis.
During his dozen years on the school board, she said Gordon has helped oversee many other major projects and issues, including redistricting, the building of a new elementary school and the hiring of three superintendents.
"He will still be supporting our schools, and he is leaving the school board and the district better than when he first arrived," said Willis.
Gordon said he first got involved with the schools through the South Range Elementary School PTA before deciding to tackle some of the tough issues facing the district by running for school board.
"Twelve years later, I can be proud of a school system that is in great shape," said Gordon. He praised the high quality of the teachers and the administrators in the district.
"There have also been 12 budget processes, and I'm not going to miss them," said Gordon. "But the highlight of my time here was getting rid of those portables and those trailers."
Rather than accepting a gift from the school board for his years of service, Gordon asked the board to donate a number of educational books to the school district in his name.
Gordon also urged the parents and residents of the town to stand up for quality education and make their feelings known in the state capital.
"Be informed, listen and come to the school board meetings," he said. "When it comes to the budget process, let's go further north to Concord and let our voice be heard."
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