Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Elsinore Street resident Susan Kalled writes that Lisa Bergen "places the utmost importance on what is right for Concord Schools."
Wednesday, March 13
To the Editor, I write to urge your support and vote for Lisa Bergen for School Committee. It would be accurate to say that all town citizens care about quality education for Concord children. How, then, does one measure the characteristics and qualities of a person who would be best suited to represent all of Concord on the School Committee when all candidates share the same commitment to education? One could start by asking who has put words into action, who has exhibited that commitment by actually showing up in the past year to nearly all School Committee meetings to be informed of the issues, the challenges, and the processes for decision-making? Who has attended FinComm meetings when the school budget was being discussed, the …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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. …
Saturday, March 2, 2013
Central Street resident Kate Damon writes in favor of Cynthia Rainey for School Committee, saying she "will be a voice for all of the citizens of Concord."
Saturday, March 2
To the Editor, I am writing in support of nominee Cynthia Rainey for the Concord School Committee. Cynthia graduated from Skidmore College in 1980 with a BA in History and Government. After graduating, Cynthia began her career in publishing. She quickly moved into high technology working primarily for Lotus and IBM. Cynthia and her husband, Chris Kacher, moved to Concord in 1999. They have two sons, Ben, who is in the seventh grade at Peabody, and John, who is a freshman at CCHS. Both children attended Concord Children’s Center and Willard. Cynthia has always been involved in her children’s school lives and thus has first hand knowledge of how our schools are meeting the needs of their students. Over the years she has engaged in their …
Friday, March 1, 2013
LWVCC's Erin Pastuszenski breaks down the When, the Where, the Why and the How (to submit questions) for Sunday's Candidates' Forum.
Friday, March 1
To the Editor: Next Sunday, March 3, at 2 p.m. at the Willard School, the League of Women Voters’ Concord Candidates’ Forum will feature the four School Committee candidates and the two Board of Selectmen candidates. We encourage the public to attend. Questions may be submitted in advance to email@example.com through March 1. We hope to see a full house at our forum on Sunday, which will be recorded for later airing on CCTV Channel 8 and for on-demand viewing at www.concordtv.org. Voters must have registered by February 27, and the Town Election Day is Tuesday, March 19. Please contact the Town Clerk’s office about absentee ballots, if you cannot vote at the polls. Your vote counts! Erin PastuszenskiLWVCC Voter Service Director (Concord…