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Labonte to run for RSU 22 School Board

Apr 07, 2021

Winterport — Christopher Labonte will formally announce his candidacy for Regional School Unit 22 School Board at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, April 8, outside the Winterport Town Office, 44 Main St.

“My wife and I love raising our children in the Winterport community and I feel it is the right time to give something back,” Labonte said in a press release. “The teachers and administrators have done an amazing job getting our children back to school safely, but there is still more work to do.”

Specifically, Labonte’s focus is on students who have not yet returned to in-person instruction and hope to return this fall. Labonte also cited curriculum changes needed to ensure the students of RSU 22 meet standards before they graduate from Hampden Academy in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Labonte’s campaign is focused on three points. According to his press release, his main priority is to get all students back into in-person learning by September. Second, he favors streamlining the curriculum to ensure students meet the standards as they did before the pandemic. Third, he seeks to engage parents in volunteering and governance at all levels throughout the RSU 22 district.

Labonte is currently employed by the Maine Air National Guard where he manages a maintenance section at Bangor International Airport. According to the press release, his supporters "believe his compassion and work ethic make him an excellent candidate to represent the Town of Winterport on the RSU 22 School Board."

“Chris Labonte has a proven reputation of leadership and service in both his career and community endeavors," said Sarah Newell, Winterport resident and founder of Concerned Parents of RSU 22. "He is a dedicated father, neighbor and community member and will be a tremendous addition to the RSU 22 School Board,” she said.


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