By Julie Huss
---- — DERRY — School Board members honored one of their own Saturday during the deliberative session.
Longtime board member Kevin Gordon was honored for his 12 years of service to the board.
Gordon is not seeking another term on the board.
Board Chairman Brenda Willis said Gordon saw a lot of changes and district success during his four terms on the board.
“He has seen many positive changes happen in our district,” Willis said.
Those positives includes eliminating the district’s 36 portable classroom and trailers as part of a facilities plan to make better space for the students.
Gordon also was part of the hiring of three superintendents.
“He cares deeply about our staff and our schools,” Willis said.
Willis and Gordon had a long history in the schools, first working together as part of PTA projects and on other school activities when their children were going through the Derry system.
For Gordon, it’s been a long time serving Derry, but very rewarding.
“It’s hard to believe it’s been 12 years,” he said. “But 12 years later, here we are and we can all be proud of where we are in Derry now.”
Gordon said he took part in 12 budget cycles that were often a challenge.
“I’m not going to miss them,” he said.
Gordon charged the people of Derry to be involved in their schools.
“Get involved with your kids, be informed, listen, come to School Board meetings,” he said. “Now it’s time for me to leave.”
The board will donate books and other materials in Gordon’s name to schools in the district.