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11/24/2018 - updated 12/03/2018

Garvin, Deveraux to represent Town Council on school Facilities Needs Assessment Committee

Town Councilor Jamie Garvin and Councilor-elect Valerie Deveraux will represent the Town Council on the School Department's Facilities Needs Assessment Committee.

Councilors approved the appointments at their meeting Nov. 14, 2018, as recommended by the council's annual caucus the night before.

The committee, charged with gathering information on safety and structural needs at Cape Elizabeth's school buildings, has four meetings scheduled. Agendas, minutes and other information about the committee are available on the School Department's website.

The public is encouraged to attend, and to provide feedback as the committee develops a recommendation to the School Board on whether to conduct a complete study of facilities needs.

Garvin, who will chair the Town Council in 2019, also invited citizen participation. "Recalling back to many discussions in the spring and people feeling like they didn't have enough information, they wanted to ask more questions, they wanted to vet things more thoroughly -- this is that chance," he said.

Committee members represent a wide range of community interests, including students, teachers and administrators; parents and citizens who do not have children in the schools; School Board members and town councilors.

Deveraux, elected to her first term on Nov. 6, will not be sworn in as a councilor until Dec. 10, after the committee has already held most of their meetings, but because the committee is advisory in nature, councilors supported her appointment as a representative of the Town Council.

Here is a summary of the committee's schedule.

Nov. 7 - at the High School (athletics concerns)
Nov. 28 - Pond Cove/Middle School (cafetorium and entryway concerns)
Dec. 5 - at the High School
Jan. 9 - at a place to be determined.

One of the School Board's goals for the year is to participate with the Town Council in the formation of a committee, composed of all stakeholders, to fund and finalize the School Facilities Study plan.