I am running again for a ninth term on the Sanborn Regional School Board. As many of you know, I have lived in Newton most of my life and have lived the “Sanborn Experience” first hand having attended Memorial School in Newton and graduating from Sanborn Regional High School. I know the quality of education a student can receive in our schools.
As one of your school board members, I have spent years working on the district’s policies, having helped to draft, review or rewrite most of them. I led the project for the Middle School addition, bringing it in on time and under budget. My experience on the Board has given me an intimate knowledge of the budget. I helped to draft the original Capital Improvement Plan, a tool the district uses to budget for the maintenance of our buildings and grounds. I have been lead negotiator on contracts with our two unions; spent 20+ years representing you on the board of directors of the Seacoast Learning Collaborative, 6 of those years I chaired that board; and am on the board of governors for the Seacoast School of Technology. I have the wealth of knowledge and experience to represent you fully.
I have also served Newton as a member of the planning board for the past 9 years and a Trustee of the Trust Funds for the past 5 years. I am local business owner; I have owned Doggett Jewelry on Rte. 125 in Kingston for 26 years. Being self-employed I am available to attend the many meetings necessary to be an effective board member.
In my 24 years on the board I have respectfully listened to all who have had questions or concerns and offered solutions or found answers where possible. It is important to bring everyone’s opinions to the Board. My goal is to see that our students receive the education they deserve but understand that we must balance that with what our citizens can afford. I have a passion for quality education; am willing to question new programs; know the reality of Newton’s economic conditions; have the experience to make the hard decisions; and will continue to do so if re-elected.