May 16, 2013

For Biddeford superintendent, it's new home or new job

Biddeford requires the leader of its schools to live in the city, and a bill seeking to override the rule was vetoed.

By Gillian Graham ggraham@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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He said LePage "got it right with this veto" because Biddeford voters made clear in November that "they value a superintendent who lives in the city."

He questioned Casavant's move to submit legislation because it "circumvents the electoral results and the purpose of the city charter, even though I understand the good intention of trying to retain Superintendent Ray."

While Casavant and School Committee members figure out their next step, Ray faces a difficult decision.

He lives in a neighborhood he loves that is 1.2 miles from his office and is home to neighbors who have become extremely close to his 3-year-old son.

The neighborhood also provides easy access to the Maine Turnpike for his wife, a teacher who commutes to Westbrook.

Ray said he wants to keep his job in Biddeford because "there's not one thing I dislike about the community and this school department."

Casavant said he would like to see Ray stay in Biddeford because he is an innovative leader with strong financial skills to deal with the district's budget issues.

Casavant said Ray is often at school events and has become so much a part of the community that "his little kid wants to grow up to be a Tiger."

"To me, Jeremy is part of Biddeford," said Moriarty, the School Committee member. "We talk as a city about how we're Biddeford and Saco, that we're one community. Yes, he lives in Saco, but he shops here in Biddeford and goes to all the same games we do. His family is part of the community."

 

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