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March 1, 2012

School Board Candidate

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We want to have confidence that all children in our schools are receiving the best education possible. However, several important academic issues are creating distance between the administration and the community.

Many parents continue to be uncertain about the effects of the decision to eliminate midterms and finals weeks at the high school. There is confusion revolving around changes to the middle school grading system. And there is concern about our students' performance on the NECAP tests. While these standardized tests are just one measure of student success, many in our community wonder if poor NECAP results are a symptom of weaknesses in our district's academic program.

Surely, better outcomes can be achieved if parents and community members are welcomed as partners in the educational process and are included as part of the discussion before decisions are made.

As a school board member, I intend to hold our district accountable to its own policy on School, Community and Home Relations (Policy Code: KA) which recognizes the importance of having a strong partnership between the school system, parents and the community at large. We cannot let the trust deficit continue to grow. We must rebuild a foundation of trust and strive for consensus through a new dialogue that begins now.

Kate Delfino

Candidate for School Board

Atkinson

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