To The Daily Sun,
My name is Patty Brace and I am running for a position on the Shaker Regional School Board.
My family and I have been living in Belmont for more than 20 years. I have two sons, both now in college, who grew up and went to school in Belmont. Over the years, our family has been very involved in our schools and community. We are proud of our community and our schools and would like to see them get their reputation back as being one of the best schools in the Lakes Region.
I am running for this position in hopes to make a difference in our school district. I would like to be the voice for the community and make sure their thoughts and opinions are heard. Many who know me know that I am not afraid to ask questions and share my opinion. I pride myself on the fact that I respect all opinions, whether I agree with them or not. I try to understand them and be open to the fact that all opinions matter. With those thoughts in mind, I hope to be part of this School Board and work with people who have the interests of the school and the community first and foremost in their mind. I feel that it is very important to balance the needs of the schools with the ability of our taxpayer to be able to handle the burden of paying for those needs.
Many of you also know that I am not one to complain about something and do nothing. And right now, I have some concerns about some of the things happening in our school district. It is one of my biggest hopes that this will change. I would like learn how the recent changes in staffing and programs are affecting our students and staff. I believe our staff and students all have to be excited and informed on the direction of our district. I believe that we can do better communicating the vision of the district starting with the Shaker Regional School Board.
I welcome the challenge of learning all that I can about our school and the budget, making suggestions and putting ideas into motion to find that balance to meet the needs of our schools while keeping our taxes reasonable and affordable. I am one who puts 100 percent effort into any project that I take on and expect the same from the people I am working with.
The Annual Meeting is Friday, March 6. Polls are open 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Belmont High School.
I want to continue the Shaker tradition of the high quality education delivered in the most cost-effective way for the students from Canterbury and Belmont. If you cannot attend this meeting to cast your vote, absentee ballots are currently available at the Belmont Middle School (or in writing to Stacy Kruger Shaker Regional School District Clerk, 58 School Street Belmont, NH 03220).
I would like to thank all those who have already shown me such great support. I hope you will all continue to show your support at the polls and help me make the difference so many of us are looking for in our community.