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Merrimack Valley

October 31, 2013

Greater Lawrence board uncontested seat now has two contenders

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But if he were to win election to the School Committee and Greater Lawrence Tech’s board on a write-in vote, he said he would accept the seat and hold both positions at once.

“I would be able to serve on both. They meet on different nights,” he said.

Yesterday, Deeb said he was relieved a second candidate had decided to run. “I certainly would not want to see 300-plus Methuen students who go to Greater Lawrence Tech without representation,” he said.

Barbara Grondine, a School Committee member prohibited from running again by term limits, is the only name on the ballot for the two seats. She said she was surprised no one else returned papers, adding she could not recall an election for Greater Lawrence Tech that did not have at least two candidates.

“It’s a great school and a gem for the Merrimack Valley,” she said. “We service a great number of Methuen kids who go on to great things.”

The two current members are running for other offices. Kenneth Hendrick is running for a seat on the Methuen Housing Authority board, and Thomas Grondine, husband of Barbara Grondine, is running for Methuen School Committee.

Last year, Greater Lawrence Tech had 1,308 students enrolled, according to the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

The school’s board has seven members total with representation from all four communities the school serves. Lawrence has three seats, Methuen has two and Andover and North Andover each have one.

The election is Nov. 5.

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