Scarborough voters to decide whether or not to recall 3 Board of Education members
SCARBOROUGH (WGME) -- SCARBOROUGH (WGME) -- Voters are heading to the polls in Scarborough to decide whether or not to recall three Board of Education members.
Thousands of signatures were submitted to the city clerk to initiate Tuesday's vote
A long controversy has created division between Scarborough residents and the Board of Education. Now the seats of three board members are in the hands of voters.
"I've lived in Scarborough since 1988 and I've never seen this happen before,” Michelle Lanphear, Scarborough resident, said.
Voters lined up half an hour early to cast their vote early Tuesday morning for a recall caused by the resignation of Scarborough High School Principal David Creech.
“It's unprecedented to recall three elected officials…" Donna Beeley, Board of Education chair, said.
Beeley is one board member listed on the ballot. She stood outside the doors of town hall. She says putting a face with a name is important.
“A lot of people don’t know us, haven’t met us. People that have come out recently don’t go to school board meetings, don’t call me up with a question about policy or school board decisions. So I think it's helpful for us to be out here,” Beeley said.
but some people disagree.
“It's shown a lot of arrogance on the part of the school board and the superintendent and rather than being reps of the community, they’ve adopted a we know better than you approach. I think a lot of people have had enough,” Sean Poage, Scarborough resident, said.
"We don't know what else is going on in terms of long term planning for the district. I put my faith in the administration of the school department and what's best for the kids long term,” Bryan Shumway, Scarborough Vote No campaign, said.
Some voter say they hope Tuesday’s results will put an end to the divide.
"Time for a change and maybe head into the right direction,” Lanphear said.
"Results of the town wide recall vote will be announced Tuesday night. Voting is being held at Scarborough Town Hall. Polls close at 8 p.m.