June 23, 2018
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Greenville man elected to help lead school board


GREENVILLE, Maine — Former Union 60 superintendent Dr. Steven Pound was elected last month as vice chairman of the state Board of Education.

He is joined by former Portland school board member James Banks Sr. of Portland, who was elected as board chairman.

Pound, who has served on the state board since 2009, has more than 30 years in education, including early childhood, K-12, technical college, adult education and university work. He is currently employed as the associate director of work force development for the Cianbro Corp., where he is working to provide career development for team members through training and lifelong learning initiatives.

Banks, who retired from the Maine Department of Public Safety, has been a member of the State Board of Education since 2007 and chaired the Certification-Higher Education Committee and the Construction Committee. He served 17 years on the Portland School Board, and has been a member of the Maine State School Board Association for 12 years.

Both Pound and Banks were elected to one-year positions and both are eligible for re-election after serving their terms.

The Maine State Board of Education acts in an advisory capacity to the commissioner of education in matters concerning state laws relating to education. In addition, the board is delegated specific powers, including: making recommendations to the Legislature for the efficient conduct of the public schools; approving the formation of school administrative units; establishing requirements for approval and accreditation of elementary and secondary schools; approving standards for school construction and approving school construction projects; and obtaining information regarding applications for granting degrees.

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