LEWISTON – School committee member Kiernan Majerus-Collins has stepped down to enroll at Boston University School of Law, according to his Facebook post on Tuesday afternoon.
“It’s very simple,” said the Ward 3 representative in an interview. “There’s only one reason I’m quitting the school committee and that’s because I’ll be spending most of the next three years in Boston studying law.”
Majerus-Collins said he would aspire to a Juris Doctor degree, an academic degree that paves the way for a career as a lawyer.
“To focus on my new academic endeavors, I will be stepping down from most of my local public and political offices, including the Lewiston School Committee,” he said.
Lewiston Schools superintendent Jake Langlais said he had not heard from Majerus-Collins prior to testifying but had suspicions.
“One thing that came up recently was … his name tag was missing from his owner,” Langlais said. “So last Thursday I asked him about it and he said, ‘Don’t worry, it’s not a big deal.’ I didn’t know what to make of it, and when I heard the rumor today that he might resign, I believed he did it a week in advance, but I can’t conclude. “
In an email on Tuesday evening, Majerus-Collins told Langlais that he would send him his resignation later on Tuesday.
In the statement posted online, Majerus-Collins mentioned issues he believes he has been influential in introducing, procedural changes, and positive improvements to the school department.
“As a member of the school committee, I have taken on some tough struggles including my successful efforts to reduce the number of school police officers and eliminate the DARE program, and my recent campaign to ensure Lewiston Public Schools adhere to CDC recommendations and requirements universal indoor masking to keep students and staff safe during COVID-19, ”he said.
“I have also introduced and approved new guidelines to recognize the Jewish holidays of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur and to prohibit the deportation of elementary school students,” he said. “I have consistently fought for a larger school budget, more support for teachers and staff and a commitment to climate protection as a school district.”
Langlais said Majerus-Collins always fought for what he believed in.
“He was always ready to share his position and give his opinion and I don’t think that was wrong, ”said Langlais. “Some people disagreed. In the conversations I had with him, I would say that he was true to his passion for the children and did everything in his power to provide the children with a better education. That was always his attitude. “
Majerus-Collins said, “I was a member of the Lewiston School Committee, I also worked as a librarian at an elementary school across the river in Auburn, and I’ve seen many obstacles firsthand that poor people in our community and colored people in ours The community must achieve justice and live a life of dignity. That’s why I did what I did in politics and government. As time went on, it became more and more clear to me that I needed stronger tools in my arsenal to fight for the values that are important to me and to which I have so far dedicated my life, and a law degree will enable me to do that. “
Majerus-Collins’ staunch opinions and feelings on subjects would sometimes drive him into hot water with other members of the committee, Langlais said.
“I think sometimes in conflict with other members who was really built on that level of passion for what he believed in and the way of steering the procedures that exist in public session sessions,” Langlais said.
The Majerus-Collins statement said he would miss some of his committee colleagues.
“Serving as a member of the school committee has been deeply rewarding and deeply frustrating, ”said Majerus-Collins. “I will miss some of the people I have worked with very much, and I will not miss others in the slightest.
“I hope my tenure has shown that substantial progressive change is possible in Lewiston and that the future of our city depends on our schools,” he wrote. “Every Lewiston student deserves the educational opportunities I have had and should be able to take their schooling as far as their dreams, talent and hard work allow.”
Majerus-Collins said he was happy with his tenure.
“If I was worried that people would disagree with me, I wouldn’t go to law school, ”he said. “I do not mind. I think people have many different perspectives and the big part of our system of government is that we all have the opportunity to compete in the market of ideas and then ultimately the public decides who wants them to be in public office. I have never felt anything but the good fortune to be on the committee. “
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