Wells-Oqunquit CSD School Committee recognized for service 

According to the National School Board Association (NSBA) January is recognized in many states as School Board Appreciation Month. This allows for an opportunity to honor and recognize those community members who volunteer to commit to serving in a governing role on local school boards or committees.  This January’s observance theme was “Locally Elected, Community Connected.”

At their first January 2024 meeting on the 3rd, the Wells-Ogunquit CSD School Committee members were acknowledged by Superintendent James Daly for their years of support and commitment to the students and staff of the District.  As he handed out certificates of appreciation Daly highlighted each member’s years of service, a combined total of 45 years.  

"We couldn’t do anything without you,” said Daly to committee members seated at their table in front of an audience of District staff.  “We have a great team.”

Committee members, the town they represent, and their years of service are as follows: 

Chair Helena Ackerson (Wells) 11 years, including 10 years as Chair; Vice-Chair Jason Vennard (Wells) 10 years, including 9 years as Vice-Chair; Heather Sittig (Ogunquit) 7 years; Boriana Dolliver (Ogunquit) 7 years; Jeff Sullivan (Wells) 4 years; Michele Tourangeau (Ogunquit) 3 years; Student Representatives Om Patel, 2 years and William Griffith, 1 year.  Both are WHS seniors.  In January of 2023, then WHS senior Grady Roy was recognized for his one-year of service to the Committee.

The WOCSD School Committee meets regularly throughout the school year on the first Wednesday of the month at the Superintendent’s office located at 1460 Post Road (Rt. 1) in Wells beginning at 6:00 p.m.  The public is invited to attend.  These meetings are available live and archived on townhallstreams.com.  They are also rebroadcast on Spectrum cable Channels 3 in Wells and Ogunquit. 

The NSBA created School Board Appreciation Month in 1995.  “The mission of the National School Boards Association is to give school board members the tools, resources, and network to help all children learn the skills they need to succeed in whatever post-high school path they choose.” Source: nsba.org.

At their January 2024 meeting are (left to right) WOCSD Committee members Boriana Dolliver, Michele Tourangeau, Heather Sittig, WHS senior William Griffith, Helena Ackerson, Jeff Sullivan, Jason Vennard, and Superintendent James Daly.  Student representative Om Patel was not present when this photo was taken.