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Merrimack Valley

March 8, 2013

Methuen board bound for makeover

METHUEN — The School Committee will be in for another makeover this fall as two current members are barred from running again, one other has decided not to run and another is unsure.

Committee member Deborah Quinn, a former city councilor serving her first term on the School Committee, said she has decided not to run for a second term, citing a need for new faces and ideas. Members Evan Chaisson and Barbara Grondine cannot run again because of term limits.

”Now I think it’s time for new faces and ideas,” Quinn said. “When people stick around for too long, things get stagnant and people get set in their ways.”

Quinn ran for School Committee, she said, to continue work on the $98 million high school renovation and expansion project, to which she contributed as a city councilor. The project is on schedule to be completed by the summer of 2014.

”People are going to want to come to this town because we have a good police department, a good fire department, good roads and good schools. That’s what people want,” she said.

Committee member Mark Graziano has not decided whether to run for a second term, citing personal commitments. He is pursuing a second master’s degree while working as director of finance and operations of The Pike School in Andover. He is married with 2-year-old twins.

”I want to be able to give the people of Methuen 100 percent in this job,” he said. “But I also need to give 100 percent to my family and school work.”

Lynne Hajjar Kuum, who is in her first term, said she is definitely running for a second term. She said she wanted to make sure the school system maintained programs that reached the broadest possible range of students.

”I’m absolutely running for re-election. It’s important to have a parent’s perspective on the School Committee,” she said.

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