From School Board to selectmen, Weeks still wants to serve
February 24, 2010After nine years on the Gilford School Board, current Chair Margo Weeks is leaving that board and pursuing a seat on the Board of Selectmen instead.
Weeks, a resident of Gilford for 15 years, grew up in Caribou, Maine, and received her BS in science and nursing, and her master's at Dartmouth in healthcare improvement. She also joined the Air Force for six years as a nurse and was honorably discharged after serving as captain.
Weeks later moved to Dover and worked in the Seacoast, which helped her make ties with the Lakes Region.
Both her 19-year-old son Nate and her 16-year-old daughter Kendall have made their way through the Gilford school system. Kendall is a junior at Gilford High School, and Nate is currently attending the University of Maine, following in his mom's footsteps.
Weeks is currently an assistant analyst for a company based out of Lexington, Mass., and helps design clinical information systems for nurses and physicians. During her past work experience as a manager and director, and working in Human Resources, Weeks said she feels she has the background experience to work on the Board of Selectmen, since she has "managed budgets," and "managed people."
Weeks said she enjoyed her stay on the School Board and that she would tackle similar items on the Select Board, including creating and enforcing policies. She decided it was time to serve in a different capacity since her last child is on the brink of graduating from high school.
"I can contribute in a different way to the board. Sometimes the topics are different but the issues are the same. I am mindful of how we are spending tax dollars, especially in this environment," said Weeks. "I am bringing a sense of responsibility and commitment to the board. It's important. You have to step up to that."
She added that she has also served as a School Board representative on the Budget Committee for three years, and that this has also prepared her for a seat on the Board of Selectmen.
"I am looking ahead (on the budget). We need to focus on managing resources we already have in the wisest way possible, avoid spikes, and find a balancing formula," said Weeks.
She said that town employees and residents should be viewed as "valuable resources" as well, and should be treated fairly, and that efficient services should be provided, while employees are still taken care of.
Weeks said she has seen a lot of things change throughout the town since she became a resident, and that she describes herself as a conservative person, yet she feels that some things are worth doing for their "monetary value."
Although she said she does not have one primary focus if she takes a seat on the Board of Selectmen, Weeks does feel that the police station space should be expanded and renovated within the next few years.
"I think we need to do something that will work for the police station and the town hall. It is about time. We have a lot of good people serving, and it really impacts their ability to do their job safely and effectively," said Weeks.
She said providing employees with the right tools will ensure that residents receive efficient service and that employees will stick around in the small town they chose to live in because of "the direct connections between people."
Weeks said this is why she moved to the Town of Gilford, in order to make direct and close connections with town employees, the schools, and the residents.