Dominic Deschambault, right, sits next to Mayor Alan Casavant at the Biddeford School Committee meeting Tuesday, following the committee’s unanimous approval to take Heather Mills’ slot on the board. ALAN BENNETT/Journal Tribune

Dominic Deschambault, right, sits next to Mayor Alan Casavant at the Biddeford School Committee meeting Tuesday, following the committee’s unanimous approval to take Heather Mills’ slot on the board. ALAN BENNETT/Journal Tribune

BIDDEFORD — A new member of the Biddeford School Committee was sworn in following the resignation of member Heather Mills on Tuesday.

The committee unanimously approved the appointment of Dominic Deschambault, son of Democratic Sen. Susan Deschambault of Biddeford, who represents Senate District 32, Tuesday evening.
 
Mills, wife of former Biddeford City Councilor Bob Mills, resigned because of her move out of Ward 5 into Ward 4, amid other work and family reasons. Bob Mills officially resigned from the City Council on June 6.
 
Deschambault, 33, said he’s always had a passion for education and hopes to bring new ideas to the committee.
 
“As a member of the Biddeford Class of 2002, I bring a unique perspective to the board in someone who has most recently gone through our public school system,” he said prior to being sworn in Tuesday. “What’s most important to me is that we continue to offer the opportunity for every child in our school system to receive a proper and quality education.”
 
Among his chief concerns is education spending, saying while he believes in responsible spending, he doesn’t want to see any cuts made in school budgeting.
 
“When it comes to education, I want to be confident that our students have what’s needed and available to them in order to pursue their interests,” said Deschambault, who has for years worked in customer service. “But, I am also against any type of possible frivolous spending.”
 
Superintendent Jeremy Ray and Mayor Alan Casavant thanked Mills for her eight years of service on the School Committee at Tuesday’s meeting.
 
“You’ve unselfishly given of your time and your energy for a number of years,” Casavant said to Mills.
 
Deschambault, who was surprised at the meeting by his mother Susan, immediately sat at committee’s table to begin working.

“I look forward to joining a good group of people presently serving on the school committee,” he said. “I do like where we are heading and am excited to contribute to the blossoming future of the Biddeford school system.”
 
— Staff Writer Alan Bennett can be contacted at 282-1535, ext. 329 or [email protected]


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