FARMINGTON – A small ceremony was held at the beginning of Tuesday evening’s MSAD 9 school board meeting, so those present could honor recently-retired Director Francis Orcutt of Farmington.
Orcutt had served more than 40 years on the board, taking his town and district through consolidations and reorganizations, watching new schools being built and old ones closing their doors. He was also for
Pictured at an earlier school board meeting, MSAD 9 School Board Director Francis Orcutt, seated at right, is thanked for his service on the board for more than 40 years by, from left to right: Chairman Ray Glass, Superintendent Michael Cormier, Assistant Superintendent Susan Pratt.
several years the chairman of the board, stepping down in 2003. Throughout his entire tenure, he was a consistent voice for high quality education and fiscal restraint.
Superintendent Michael Cormier was uncertain exactly how many years Orcutt had served on the board, either 41 or 42. Assistant Superintendent Susan Pratt had previously noted that Orcutt’s name had appeared on her high school graduation diploma.
“It is a neat pleasure to give you this ‘Make a Difference Award’,” Chairman Raymond Glass of Farmington, said. “This is given to board members who serve at least 12 years on the board. On behalf of the community and the board, I want to present this award to you Francis.”
Those present gave Orcutt a standing ovation, as he received some tokens of appreciation from the board.
“I hope you’re not expecting a speech,” the often quiet and thoughtful Orcutt joked.