MEA endorses Higgins for the State Legislature

    DOVER-FOXCROFT — The Maine Education Association has announced its endorsement of Republican Norm Higgins for State Representative for District 120 which includes SAD 41 and SAD 68.

    The MEA stated that in response to their survey he “shows a deep understanding and thoughtful compassion for students and schools and the people who work in them.”
    Higgins began his career in education as a social studies teacher and served as Principal at Piscataquis Community High School in Guilford from 1984-95.
    He became superintendent of schools in 1995 and concluded his 32-year tenure in SAD 4 in 2000.
    He was recognized by the Kennedy Center for his support for the arts in rural education.
    While principal of PCHS, he developed the Next-Century Schools program which was awarded $500,000 by the RJR Nabisco Foundation, to increase student performance and aspirations.
    In 2000 he created a partnership with Apple Computer and local industry to launch the first classroom laptop project in the state.
    Since 2000 he has been an education consultant at the state and national levels.
    Higgins worked with the Florida Chamber of Commerce in establishing business-school partnerships to create World Class Schools for public school students. He was a leader in obtaining $10 million grant from the Gates Foundation to establish the Great Maine Schools initiative.
    He currently serves on the Foxcroft Academy Board of Trustees.
    District 120 consists of Atkinson, Brownville, Dover-Foxcroft, Lakeview, Medford, Milo and Orneville.

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