Gilford School Board member Demko resigns

GILFORD — School Board member Allan Demko resigned from the board last night, writing he was unable to continue due to failing health.

Demko's term ends in March of 2016. He was elected last year.

The Board accepted the resignation with regret and, since elections are on March 11 and it is too late for anyone to appear on the ballot, the district will advertise for a replacement board member.

Chair Sue Allen said once the new board is convened after next week's election the district will accept applications from any Gilford residents who wish to serve until March of 2015.

In 2015, the district will add a one-year term to the ballot as well as the two three-years terms that will be up for regular election.

The board also recognized outgoing member Paul Blandford who, after serving 12 years, decided to not seek re-election.

Rae Mello-Andrews, who lost to Demko in 2013, is the only person running for election at Tuesday's election.


CUTLINE (Blandford) Outgoing School Board Member Paul Blandford was given a painting of Gilford by the members of the School Board as a way of thinking him for 12 years of service to the school district. Blandford is not seeking reelection. (Laconia Daily Sun photo/Gail Ober)