Originally published in The Weekly Packet, March 28, 2013
Janis Snow uncontested for Blue Hill school board seat
by Anne Berleant
Janis Snow, a former Blue Hill Consolidated School teacher, seeks to serve the community from a different position than the front of a classroom, where she spent 32 years, retiring in 2011.
Snow is running unchallenged for a three-year seat on the Blue Hill School Board at municipal elections on April 4.
She cites communication and fiscal responsibility as board priorities, saying the board is “moving forward with policy changes and communication…I want it to continue.”
While she supports a pre-K program as “vital to successful education,” she said she respects the board for cutting it from the tight 2013-14 budget.
“I know what a budget is,” said Snow who regularly attended board meetings as a teacher. “I don’t think new programs should be started until they can be funded the way they should.”
Snow does recommend staying on top of high school tuition costs, which took a $100,000 jump for 2013-14, squeezing the rest of the school budget.
“We could do better at predicting how big the [freshman] class could be,” she said. “Adding a bit to a reserve fund every year is a smart move.”
Snow comes from eight generations of Blue Hillians, and after growing up in Pennsylvania, moved back in the early 1960s. She is the bookkeeper for husband Michael Snow’s electrician business.