News Feature

Originally published in Island Ad-Vantages, January 6, 2022
Shepard resigns from school board
Two school board seats uncontested

by Leslie Landrigan

Bill Shepard, who won election to the Community School District 13 Board by one vote in 2020, resigned as of December 31 because he no longer lives in the district.

Shepard and his family have moved to Levant, Maine, to be closer to their church and to their eighth grader’s school.

The Stonington Select Board will appoint a replacement. Meanwhile, two other CSD board members are running unopposed for reelection.

Reason for moving

Shepard said he’s grateful to have been able to serve on the school board.

“It’s been a lot of fun working with the board as a community member and also a board member,” Shepard said in an email.

He plans to continue working as operator for the Stonington Water Company.

Shepard said he and his wife, Heidi, have thought about moving for a while, and when several opportunities opened, they decided to make the transition.

The Shepards have enrolled their son, Andrew, in Bangor Christian School for the rest of his eighth grade year.

“We have been attending Glad Tidings Church in Bangor for over a year now and wanted to be closer to our church for volunteering as well as church ministry outreach in the community,” Shepard said.

Shepard and his wife have also resigned from the Stonington Volunteer Fire Department, according to Stonington Town Manager Kathleen Billings.

What’s next

Earlier this year, Shepard posted comments on Facebook stating that marriage is between a man and a woman. A controversy erupted, and people offended by the post submitted a letter with 127 signatures asking him to resign. Shepard apologized for offending anyone and took the post down, but he told the school board on August 3 that he would not step down.

Billings said she will put the names of interested parties for replacement before the select board. The term expires in 2023.

School board chair Jane Osborne and board member Liz Perez are both running unopposed for reelection unless a write-in candidate comes forward. The Deer Isle select board, treasurer and clerk seats are also unopposed. The deadline for submitting papers was the close of business on Tuesday, January 4.

Shepard called his involvement with the school board “a great learning experience.”

“I also would like to take this opportunity and thank the residence of Deer Isle and Stonington who had the confidence in me to serve on our local school board,” he said.