LETTER: Supporting Bergen and Rainey for Concord School Committee

Sudbury Road resident Anne Hayden writes that Lisa Bergen and Cynthia Rainey 'would encourage the School Committee to open up the process by which citizens participate at committee meetings.'

To the Editor,

I support Lisa Bergen and Cynthia Rainey for School Committee because they are ready to work on the issues that are before our schools. Both will continue to actively support the CCHS Building Committee to ensure that we have the best new high school that we can afford. They will also work to resolve the school transportation problem by encouraging the committee to pull together all stakeholders and develop a comprehensive five year plan to determine not only where our buses will be next year but what our school transportation system will look like in the future.

Lisa and Cynthia would encourage the School Committee to open up the process by which citizens participate at committee meetings. Lisa did this successfully when she chaired the Citizens Transportation Committee by inviting relevant citizen comments before the committee deliberated on the issue. This was an excellent way to bring additional information and ideas to the committee’s attention.

Lisa and Cynthia will be strong advocates for fiscal responsibility. They will work hard to improve and increase the communication between the School Committee and all members of the Concord community. They both strongly support the Open Meeting Law and have been outspoken in their support for citizens’ access to public documents. Their efforts have already had a positive effect on our schools.

Please join me in voting for Lisa Bergen and Cynthia Rainey for Concord School Committee so that they can have an even greater positive impact on our Concord School System.

Anne HaydenSudbury Road

John March 12, 2013 at 07:28 PM
Well Mr. Smith we know where you stand. But for those of you who do not want second hand information (put out in blogs and half quotes in the paper) and want to form your own opinion, go to one of Ms. Bergen or Ms. Rainey's coffees, or read the letters to the MSBA (in their entirety) that's what i did. The misinformation put out by Colonel Snook's campaign chair is NOT "truth in Concord"
Joyce Davis March 12, 2013 at 08:53 PM
Mr Smith - i have no issue with your disagreeing with the letter supporting Ms. Bergen and Ms. Rainey. The more facts and opinions that come out before an election provide input to those of us who will be casting ballots. I do however have an issue with you making anonymous statements that you will not be held accountable for. You still have not identified yourself.
Mr Smith March 13, 2013 at 03:40 PM
John, read the letter posted in the Patch today from Janet Friedman. Source revealed. By the way, I read dozens of pages of letters acquired from the MSBA in their entirety. The more I read the more outraged I became. Ms. Bergen tried her best to scuttle the building project. I was infuriated to learn that she was running a personal campaign to stop the project claiming to represent the people of Concord. She doesn't represent me nor does she represent a great many people in town. The following quote is a prime example. "Elected and appointed members of various town boards and committees know this is wrong. Chairs of committees have said they know this design is the wrong way to go. But they are afraid. They fear admitting this will cause us to lose MSBA support. They fear public embarrassment. They fear the unknown. But isn’t it better to admit we have veered off course and ask for help than to continue knowingly on a path of failure?" Lisa Bergen to the MSBA, 10 Oct 2012. She is deluded if she thinks that this is true. Who does she think she is to make such claims.
John March 13, 2013 at 10:09 PM
Love that quote from Ms. Bergen! ISN'T it better to admit our mistakes and ask for help? Isn't that what we teach our kids? This is getting more clear and simple by the minute! And...it should be noted since we are preaching "truthfulness" that Ms. Friedman is paid by the district-she is an employee of the Administration. I take everything she says with a grain of salt. Everyone in this town knows how well the CTC was run. Public forums with clear, open information being passed along and (gee what a novel idea) asking for community input, something that has been missing from this town for years. The taxpayers have had enough!
Mr Smith March 15, 2013 at 02:08 AM
John, the mistake was rectified. The School and Building Committees worked with the School Administration to make the necessary adjustments as requested by the MSBA. The MSBA was satisfied and reinstated funding. Lisa Bergen's issue was that she didn't get the response that SHE was looking for. As I recall, a petition was floated last fall requesting that the MSBA reinstate funding. There were nearly 1200 signatures behind that petition. It seems to me that many more voters side with the School and Building Committee than the small angry group who wish to see the project scuttled. Regardless, whoever sits on the School Committee will have to work closely with others in the Town. Given what I have witnessed through comments on the Concord Patch and in correspondence from Bergen, Rainey and others, electing them will make governance a very painful process. That's not what this town needs.


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