Commissioner’s Listening Tour of Washington County

May 22, 2011

Education commissioner’s listening tour events in Washington County

Education Commissioner Stephen Bowen will visit Washington County on Tuesday, May 24 and Wednesday, May 25 as part of his statewide listening tour.

He’ll start May 24 with a public forum at Machias Memorial High School from 6 to 8 p.m.

The next day, he’ll meet with Washington County superintendents in the morning before visiting Rose Gaffney Elementary School in Machias. The 344-student school serves students in pre-kindergarten through grade eight.

In the afternoon, Bowen will visit Beatrice Rafferty School, which serves 100 students in kindergarten through grade eight on Pleasant Point Reservation. The school is one of three in Maine that receives part of its funding from the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Indian Affairs.

Bowen will end his Washington County trip with a public forum from 6 to 8 p.m. at Downeast Heritage Museum in Calais.

The following events will be open to media coverage:

6-8 p.m., Tuesday, May 24
Machias Memorial High School, 1 Bulldog Lane.
Public forum

10:45 a.m., Wednesday, May 25
Rose M. Gaffney Elementary School, 15 Rose Gaffney Rd., Machias
School visit
Principal: Mitchell Look
Superintendent: Scott Porter

1 p.m., Wednesday, May 25
Beatrice Rafferty School, 22 Bayview Dr., Pleasant Point Reservation
Principal: Michael Chadwick
Superintendent: Ron Jenkins

6-8 p.m., Wednesday, May 25
Downeast Heritage Museum, 39 Union St., Calais
Public forum

For more information and updates on the Listening Tour, go to:

All Maine Department of Education news releases can be found online at: http://mainedoenews.net/category/news-views/press-releases/.

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