Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Despite wintry weather, Concord’s March 19 election saw the highest turnout for an annual Town Election since 2006
First the threat of snow postponed MCAS testing and trash pickup, and then the snow itself stopped school and postponed the opening of town offices. But the wintry mix that persisted throughout the day could not stop Concord’s annual Town Election. The snow may have affected voter turnout, and certainly it led to some creative campaigning in the form of sign-holding snowman that popped up around town. Weather, however, was but a twist in the day’s main plotline: The contested race for two seats on the School Committee. In the end, Johanna Boynton and Kathleen Snook edged out Lisa Bergen and Cynthia Rainey. The race was close, with more than 6,000 ballots cast and all four candidates separated by fewer than 400 votes. Check back with …
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Johanna Boynton and Kathi Snook won the four-woman race for two seats on the Concord School Committee.
The preliminary results are in, and they say Johanna Boynton and Kathi Snook have narrowly won seats on the Concord School Committee. According to preliminary numbers posted to the town website—numbers which Town Clerk Anita Tekle said could change slightly but not so much as to affect the outcome—Boynton and Snook both earned more votes than Lisa Bergen and Cynthia Rainey, the other candidates in the race. Snook was the top vote-getter, according to the preliminary results, tallying 1,638 votes. Boyton was second with 1,565; Bergen earned 1,444 and Rainey 1,287. According to Tekle, there was about a 24 percent voter turnout, the highest for an annual Town Election since 2006. Check back tomorrow morning for more about Concord’s annual …
Sign holders outside Ripley told Patch why they were standing in the rain to support their chosen School Committee Candidates.
Four women and a headless snowman stood in the rain outside the Ripley Adminstration Building early Tuesday afternoon. It was Election Day in Concord, and they were there to support their chosen School Committee candidates. Watch the videos above to hear why they did it.
Patch caught up with signholders at the Harvey Wheeler Community Center Tuesday afternoon during Concord's Town Election.
Despite the freezing rain that turned to sleet shortly before 3 p.m. Tuesday afternoon, signholders were out in support of all four School Committee candidates at the Harvey Wheeler Community Center. Watch the videos above to hear why they decided to brave the weather for their candidates.
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Old Bedford Road residents Richard Fahlander and Kathleen Allen write that the Concord School Committee would benefit from Johanna Boynton's 'common sense approach to difficult issues.'
Tuesday, March 12
To the Editor, We support Johanna Boynton for School Committee, because we know that she will put kids first. As a parent, teacher, coach and school volunteer Johanna has demonstrated her commitment to making a positive difference in the lives of young people. We also know that Johanna respects and appreciates teachers as the backbone of our excellent school system. Our three sons attended Concord Public Schools and graduated from CCHS. Throughout their years they were inspired, challenged and supported by caring and creative teachers. Johanna will do whatever she can to ensure that we continue to attract and retain remarkable teachers. As a School Committee member Johanna will be positive problem solver. When president of the Children’s …
Nashoba Road residents Tim and Maureen Dibble write that a vote for Johanna Boynton and Kathi Snook would 'send a strong signal that the electorate chooses to move forward in a positive way.'
Tuesday, March 12
To the Editor, We are enthusiastically supporting the candidacies of Johanna Boynton and Kathi Snook for School Committee. Please join us on March 19. Johanna and Kathi have strong backgrounds in education having both been teachers. In addition, they bring years of management experience and talent to the position. Most importantly, they are women of great character with strong leadership skills and measured personalities. In assessing their own run for School Committee, Johanna and Kathi have been very thorough, analytical and thoughtful in their review of the facts. It is this thoughtful and measured approach that will best serve all of the voters and constituents of Concord. Reasoned, thoughtful, respectful, experienced and analytical …
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. …
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Virginia Road residents Julia and Peter Anastos say Johanna Boynton and Kathi Snook 'will foster open, honest, and direct dialogues with school administrators, teachers, parents and other interested parties.'
To the Editor, It is with unwavering enthusiasm that we support the candidacy of both Kathi Snook and Johanna Boynton for School Committee. We are extremely fortunate to live in a town where people like Kathi and Johanna want to contribute their precious time and incomparable educational knowledge to better a wonderful school system. Both candidates have incredibly strong ties to the community and possess applicable backgrounds focused on educational pursuits. Kathi’s accomplishments are many. She received a doctorate in education while raising five children in the Concord schools and after distinguishing herself at West Point in the first class of female students. Kathi has graduated four students from CCHS and has one daughter currently …
Monday, March 4, 2013
All four of Concord’s candidates for School Committee appeared at a League of Women Voters forum held Sunday, March 3, and addressed questions on a range of issues, including their feelings about the CCHS project and the current administration.
Concord’s four School Committee candidates were cordial Sunday afternoon at a League of Women Voters forum held at the Willard School, and while their differences may be many, issues of agreement came across loud and clear. For instance, all four candidates agreed mistakes have been made over the past year around the Concord Public and Concord-Carlisle Regional school districts, and cited improving communication as a key to moving forward as a community. Addressing feelings of dissatisfaction among teachers—revealed through the Teaching, Empowering, Leading and Learning survey data released last year—ranked as a top priority for all four candidates, and each of them said they would take seriously the School Committee’s responsibility …
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Sudbury Road resident Richard Robinson writes that Johanna Boynton is practical, thoughtful and inclusive.
Wednesday, February 27
To the Editor, As a resident of Concord for the past 21 years, I am proud of the way our town functions by including the diverse views our constituents and getting things done. We are a pragmatic and thoughtful group of citizens. It is in the best interest of our community to have a member of the Concord School Committee who is able to work to bring ideas and people together and help act on decisions, finding solutions that fit the needs of our residents. Johanna Boynton is a leader who has proven her competence in these areas demonstrated through her volunteer work for Concord. Johanna Boynton is a person who brings people and ideas together. She has been a leader in the community in many ways. At Alcott school, she was President of the …