To The Daily Sun,
When I moved to Gilford over 20 years ago the Gilford school system had a strong reputation as one of the best in the state. Over the years that reputation was tarnished by only average performance measures. Over the past several years, the hard work of many in the district has begun to move things in the right direction. I would like to continue that work, so I am running for a three-year term on the Gilford School Board.
I feel it is imperative that the children and parents of Gilford have a voice on the board. I am a proud parent of three Gilford students and next school year one of my children will be in enrolled in each of the three school buildings.
Many of you may already know me as a fellow parent, as a youth coach or through my local business. For those who do not know much about me, here is what you can expect from me as a School Board member. My business roots have engrained fiscal conservatism into my core. However, I also believe that the best investment a community can make is in its school system. This was a significant factor in why my wife Elizabeth and I chose to stay here in Gilford to raise our family.
I will have high expectations for student achievement, so academic improvement initiatives will be a top priority. In this vein, I am an advocate of using all data available to identify insufficiencies and develop solution based initiatives.
Personalized learning is something I believe in strongly. Every child learns in different ways and at a different pace. Therefore, it is important to continue to break down barriers so every child can maximize their own potential.
A school system is only as good as its teachers. I believe in providing our educators with the tools and professional development they need to perform at the highest levels in the classroom. Therefore, it will be my goal for the district to attain high standards while responsibly managing our resources.
An effective school board values a collaborative relationship both with the staff and the community. I believe a school board should respect its citizens and work to earn their trust. As a school board member, you can expect me to perform with a high level of integrity, promote open communication and demand transparency.
I would like to conclude by encouraging you to participate as a citizen of Gilford by voting on March 10. When you do so, I sincerely hope you will support me and my effort to make the Gilford school system a model of excellence and a safe, supportive and enriching learning environment for the children of our community.
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