Maine education commissioner to visit Aroostook, York counties next on listening tour

Posted April 01, 2011, at 9:01 p.m.
Last modified Oct. 03, 2011, at 3 p.m.
Steve Bowen
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Steve Bowen

AUGUSTA, Maine – Maine Department of Education Commissioner Stephen Bowen has announced the dates and times for the next six stops of his statewide listening tour, which will take him to Maine’s nine superintendent regions in his first 100 days in the position.

The next stops will be in Aroostook County April 6-7 and York County April 11.

“The feedback I’m receiving on these visits has been invaluable as I start work on a strategic plan for education in Maine and determine how the Department of Education can be a better partner to educators,” Bowen said in a press release. “I look forward to more insightful comments from students, parents, teachers, administrators and others on the remaining stops of my listening tour.”

Bowen has already visited the western Maine (Androscoggin, Franklin and Oxford counties), Penquis (Penobscot and Piscataquis counties) and Hancock County regions. On those stops, he’s met with area superintendents, visited schools and hosted public forums.

Next on the list are:

Houlton — 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 6, Houlton Elementary School.

Caribou — 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, April 6, forum at Caribou Middle School.

Limestone — 11 a.m. Thursday, April 7, Maine School of Science and Mathematics.

East Waterboro — 11:30 a.m. Monday, April 11, Massabesic Middle School.

Sanford — 1:30 p.m. Monday, April 11, Sanford High School.

Sanford — 6-8 p.m. Monday, April 11, forum at Mousam View Place.

Additional tour dates are scheduled for April 25, Cumberland County; May 10, Kennebec Valley; May 17, midcoast region; May 24-25, Washington County.

More information about the listening tour, including updates from the road and the commissioner’s perspective, can be found at

http://www.maine.gov/education/commissioner/listening-tour/index.shtml .

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