Monday, March 11, 2013
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 …
Winthrop Street residents Peter and Ellen Fulton write that Kathi Snook's length of involvement in the Concord schools gives her a 'perspective and institutional memory that will serve us all well on the Concord School Committee.'
To the Editor, It is with pleasure that we write to support Kathi Snook for School Committee. We have known Kathi and her family for a number of years, spending our time together at school, hockey, and social events. We feel that Kathi has the innate ability to comprehend, analyze, and resolve problems quickly and efficiently while always maintaining a fair, compassionate, and open mind. The interpersonal and organizational skills that she demonstrates in all aspects of discussion, parenting, and school tasks are paramount. The sincere interest in anything she puts her mind to would be an admirable quality for the School Committee position. Although many have written already about the commitment that Kathi and her family have made to our …
Sunday, March 10, 2013
Hayward Mill Road resident Abraham Fisher writes in support of Cynthia Rainey as a candidate for Concord School Committee.
To the Editor, It is with great pleasure that I endorse Cynthia Rainey for School Committee. She is intelligent, good-humored, and open-minded. Her academic and professional backgrounds give her a broad platform from which she can address different issues. She is committed to continue the extraordinarily high quality education we have come to expect in Concord. Over the past year, Cynthia has become increasingly informed and involved in the process of school governance. She started as a curious observer, but quickly began to educate herself. She has attended most of the School Committee meetings for the last year. She has attended many Building Committee meetings. I can personally attest that last summer she was one of the most frequent …
Thursday, March 7, 2013
Annursnac Hill Road resident Janet Rothrock says she supports Lisa Bergen and Cynthia Rainey 'because they have proven they will work on behalf of all of us for positive change.'
Thursday, March 7
To the Editor, Lisa Bergen and Cynthia Rainey have already hit the ground running. During the past year Lisa and Cynthia have attended almost all of the School Committee and Building Committee meetings as well as many Board of Selectmen and Finance Committee meetings. In addition Lisa served as Chair of the Citizen's Transportation Committee and as a member of the School Committee's transportation committee. She knows how to ask questions, listen, research and come to an actionable conclusion. She served both committees gracefully although they came to very different conclusions. Cynthia's dogged research during this past year uncovered the Keystone study, a report on the experience of towns in Pennsylvania with outsourcing of school …
Lee Drive resident Paul Scalzi writes that his 'standards are higher for both our students and elected officials.'
Thursday, March 7
To the Editor, Lisa Bergen and Cynthia Rainey proclaim their attendance record at meetings this past year as positive reason to vote for them for School Committee. That theory would reward Concord students for simply attending class. While we’re at it, let’s give everyone a trophy. My standards are higher for both our students and elected officials. New people to public service need to start with the basic foundation of respect for the people they serve and the democratic process. As the CCHS Building and School Committee were diligently working to meet the requirements of the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) for the CCHS building project, Bergan and Rainey were writing letters attempting to halt the reinstatement of funds…
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Jennie Dugan Road resident Louisa Paushter says Johanna Boynton and Kathi Snook are "thoughtful, direct, honest, ethical people who are committed to a positive, dynamic school system."
Wednesday, March 6
To the Editor, A rumor has been making its way around town about two School Committee candidates, Johanna Boynton and Kathi Snook. The rumor states that Superintendent Diana Rigby hand picked these two candidates, and that the three of them are good friends. After speaking with the two candidates, and others who know them, I have learned that this rumor is false. Johanna and Kathi had not met before they both became candidates. Kathi Snook announced her candidacy in December and was introduced to Diana Rigby in January at a funeral of a mutual friend. Johanna has had a working relationship with Diana when she was the Alcott PTG President and on some other school related activities, but they are not friends outside of that capacity. Ms. …
Hemlock Street resident Pat Kager says School Committee candidates Cynthia Rainey and Lisa Bergen would "act on our behalf and who have an irrefutable track record for opening doors for real positive change in our schools."
Wednesday, March 6
To the Editor, Cynthia Rainey and Lisa Bergen will represent all citizens’ interests as School Committee members. While acting on our behalf, they have accomplished a lot for our community and schools. During the last year they volunteered their personal time attending Building Committee, School Committee, and Finance Committee meetings to truly understand how our schools are actually being governed. While working with town officials and serving on committees, they worked to institute creative and viable solutions for better fiscal outcomes and school management. Our School Committee has this key responsibility: "The School Committee is responsible to the people for whose benefit the school system has been established.” We can trust Lisa …
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Laws Brook Road resident David Karr writes in support of Lisa Bergen for Concord School Committee.
To the Editor, I am very pleased to have the opportunity to endorse Lisa Bergen’s candidacy for School Committee. As a parent of children who have benefited from the excellent education provided by the teachers of the Concord Public Schools and Concord-Carlisle Regional High School, Lisa is dedicated to continuing this record of excellence. Most importantly, Lisa understands that the success of our schools is a product of a long-term partnership between the public schools and the public. Lisa proved her ability to foster this partnership many times through her participation in the public conversation during the past year, blazing a trail away from discord and toward mutually respectful, open communication. Lisa is thoughtful, well-spoken, …
Monday, March 4, 2013
Cottage Street residents Anne and Peter Standish say Kathi Snook 'is an ideal fit for the committee and her commitment and dedication to the town will assure the best possible representation for the townspeople.'
To the Editor, We are writing in support of Kathi Snook for one of the two open seats for School Committee. Kathi is running because she believes in education, our town and our kids, and she is committed to serving the town of Concord honorably and with integrity. She has no agenda other than ensuring the best possible learning experience for each Concord child. Kathi is an excellent listener, communicator and consensus builder with an impressive background in education and leadership. After graduating from West Point, she rose to the rank of Army Colonel and then returned as a professor to teach mathematics. She also has earned a doctoral degree in curriculum and teaching, and has served on several committees for faculty and curriculum …
Sunday, March 3, 2013
Border Road resident Craig Logan says Lisa Bergen "has gone above and beyond what was expected of her while chairing the CTC, and I know she will do the same as a representative for all of us" on the School Committee.
To the Editor, I am excited to support Lisa Bergen for School Committee. As the chair of the Citizens Transportation Committee, and a member of the School Committee appointed Transportation Advisory Committee, Lisa not only proved her ability to lead, but also that she could work with citizens charged with two different tasks. She is an independent thinker, who believes it is best to learn the facts for herself, and is never swayed by either side of the aisle. Lisa held her position in a professional manner earning her the respect of all the people that she served with, and for. Lisa has shown her dedication by attending dozens of School Committee, Building Committee, Finance Committee, and Board of Selectman meetings over the past year. …