To The Daily Sun,
I am running for the Laconia School Board seat representing Ward 5. I am a very longtime resident of this great city and a 1985 graduate of Laconia High School. I decided to throw my hat in the ring because I am not an individual who sits on the sidelines and complains about things that I could have a say in if I were to just get involved.
Mal Murray has pointed out that I am “too interested in sports.” Not sure if there is such a thing as “too interested” in sports. Yes, I have a concern over what is happening to the sports programs and the coaching situations with our school teams. This will be our second year without “B-teams” at the middle school level. I have an issue with that.
I do see Mr. Murray’s point: “Academics must come first.” I believe that is something that we can all agree on. I agree with Mr. Murray when he says “we have had four superintendents in three years and three high school principals in just one year.” My question is “why”? Why the incredibly high turnover rate? What do we, as a school board and as a community need to do to “stop the bleeding” of our coveted educators leaving Laconia? To me, that is issue No. 1.
Unfortunately the Ward 5 seat is a contested position and someone will win and someone will lose. I’m asking that you allow me to come off the sidelines and get in the game. Only then will I be able to represent you and affect change to the way things are being done. I certainly do not have all the answers and, at this point, I am not even sure of all the questions, but I do subscribe to Henry Ford’s saying, “If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got.” And I have some concerns with what we’ve got.
Ward 5 School Board Candidate