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Claremont school board seeking help to end stalemate on appointment

CLAREMONT — With only six board members, the School Board could not come to a consensus last week when attempting to fill the vacant seventh board seat.

Board members are seeking to fill a seat left open after Kristen Kenniston resigned at the beginning of the month. A workplace promotion would have prevented her from attending meetings.

Two candidates, Paul La­Casse and Andrew O’Hearne, stepped forward for consideration. In a June 18 vote, board members were tied 3-3 on the appointment.

Because of the gridlock, board members have opened up a one-month public input period and are asking Claremont residents to weigh in via phone calls and email.

LaCasse is a self-employed electrician. He is a former City Council member and state representative. He has also served on the city planning, zoning and conservation boards.

He said Tuesday he would work to improve education, control spending and seek to return to a traditional grading system.

“Hopefully change our grading system back to the regular form of grading system, A,B,C,D. Nobody seems to want the progressive form of grading system,” he said. “Everyone I talk to absolutely hates it.”

O’Hearne served the city as a police officer and is a Democratic state representative. He did not return calls for comment.

The school board plans to review public comments and vote again for a new board membe July 16.


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