WATERVILLE — Lionel A. Cabana was re-elected chairman of the Waterville Board of Education for another year on Monday.

The vote to re-elect Cabana, who has served as chairman 15 years, was unanimous.

“I enjoy the chairmanship and the opportunity it gives me for input into the Waterville school system,” Cabana said Tuesday.

Cabana, who represents Ward 2, is the only man on the seven-person board, now that Elizabeth Bickford was elected in November to fill Thomas Tilton’s Ward 6 seat. Tilton chose not to seek re-election.

Other board members are Sara Sylvester, who represents Ward 1 and was re-elected unanimously Monday as executive secretary of the board; Joan Phillips-Sandy, Ward 3; Maryanne Bernier, Ward 4; Victoria Duguay, Ward 5; and Pamela Trinward, Ward 7.

Cabana said he looks forward to the upcoming year, during which officials hope to secure funding to complete the Waterville Senior High School renovation project.


“We’re looking also to try to manage, like every school system, what funds we’re going to get, and it’s something we don’t know until the state (notifies us),” he said. “We’re really interested in maintaining the programs we have here — and improving curriculum.”

Cabana said he and other school officials look forward to saving money with use of a new wood pellet boiler at the high school. It will serve the entire complex, including Mid-Maine Technical Center, he said.

The boiler has been installed and the wood pellets will arrive this week.

“It is complete and they’re going into the testing phase very shortly,” he said.

The complex will maintain oil as a backup, but officials expect not to have to use it much, he said.

Cabana taught business, computer applications, accounting, typing and economics at Waterville Senior High for 37 years before retiring in 1995.

Amy Calder — 861-9247

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