Former Laconia board member fills vacancy on Gilford School Board

GILFORD – A former Laconia School Board member has been named to fill a vacancy on the Gilford School Board.
The Gilford Board last evening unanimously approved appointing Jack Landow to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Allen Demko, who recently stepped down from the board due to illness.
Landow, who moved to Gilford seven years ago, served three terms on the Laconia School Board during the 1990s. He was the only person who submitted a letter expressing interest in filling the vacancy, according to School Board Chair Sue Allen.
Landow is a retired state official, who worked in the Department of Health and Human Services in the field of staff development. He holds a Master's degree in education, and taught briefly at the now-defunct Belknap College.
During his time on the Laconia School Board, Landow served on the board's policy and budget committees and was also involved in contract negotiations with the school district's unions.
Recently he and his wife have been involved in the Got Lunch! Laconia program, for which they have volunteered since its inception. The Landows currently are the program's food buyers.

Jack Landow recently joined the board of the Belknap Independent Business Alliance — or BIBA — which encourages support of locally owned, independent businesses in the Lakes Region.
Landow told the board that was offering to serve on the board because "It seemed to be a good fit. ... I have the experience and the desire," he said.
Landow's appointment runs until next March's local elections.
NOTES: The board approved setting Saturday, June 14, as the date for the Gilford High School graduation. The commencement will take place at 10 the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion at Meadowbrook. The last day of school is set to occur on June 19. . . . . . The board approved allowing certain members of the high school Drama Club to participate in the New England Regional Drama Festival on April 14-16 in St. Johnsbury, Vt. The school was invited to participate in the regional competition after recently winning at the state festival. . . . . . The board also approved a trip to France for French language students next spring. The scheduled itinerary includes Paris, and other historic venues, including sites connected with the Allied invasion on the beaches of Normandy on D-Day. Fund-raising through various events in the coming months will help to pay for part of the cost of the trip.