Why I’m Running

I am running for Andover’s School Committee because I believe that we cannot build or sustain a strong community without strong schools.  Over the past several years, I have been concerned when I hear or read about the budget challenges we face, and the increasing perception that when it comes to funds allocation, it’s “town vs. school.”  It shouldn’t be that way:  we are one.  Strong schools cannot be built or maintained without adequate financial resources, and I believe in making a strong financial commitment to our schools.

At the same time, we have to recognize that we cannot make every project the number one priority; as with all budgets, sometimes we have to make hard choices.  Making those choices is not easy, and reasonable people can have differing opinions about what is best.  I promise to listen to all points of view and to make the most responsible decisions I can.  I will search for areas of compromise, while ensuring our schools continue to provide our children with a top-notch education.  I will apply the same level of fiscal rigor to the school department budget that I do in my own home.  I will insist on transparency so that town residents can feel confident that the school department is spending its budget wisely.

Do I think this is going to be easy?  No.  Do I think it’s worth doing the hard work required?  Absolutely.  I hope you’ll support me and vote for me on March 27.

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