Yesterday, January 30th, Rights and Democracy VT (RAD) announced their endorsements for both school board and city council candidates. I’m so excited and honored to announce that I secured the endorsement from RAD in Ward 5’s contested school board election after participating in their process that included answering and submitting a substantial questionnaire and participating in an interview with three RAD staff members. The questionnaire and interview were then circulated to RAD’s members who voted over several days.
I want to extend my thanks to everyone at Rights and Democracy for their dedication to working with school board and city council candidates in a process that benefits our community and helps illuminates the importance of the school board. I also want to congratulate the other school board candidates that received endorsements from RAD, Martine Gulick running in Ward 4 and Monika Ivancic running in Ward 7. Plus congratulations to those running for city council on their endorsements and the hard work they are doing or want to be doing at that level.
I’m excited and proud to announce my candidacy for Ward 5 School Board Commissioner. As a long-time Ward 5 neighbor, mom of two Champlain Elementary School children, and graduate of a K-12 public school education, I understand the value of a strong school district to a community.
Burlington is fortunate to have such a diverse student body, supported by stellar teachers, education support professionals (ESPs), and staff. We have an engaged community that believes in the power of public education, academic excellence for all, and the importance of partnership, accountability, and transparency.
It is my goal to help strengthen our school board and district by returning to our core values and responsibilities. This includes, 1) acting as responsible stewards of taxpayer dollars that fund our district by being financially accountable and transparent; 2) building partnerships with all community stakeholders, especially teachers, ESPs, and staff who are the backbone of our district; and, 3) ensuring safe schools for our students and staff by changing from a culture of silence to a culture of safety.
Please join me in making these goals a reality. Change comes when we work together for the benefit of all of Burlington’s children, which builds a stronger, safer, and more vibrant community.
I look forward to speaking with you in the coming weeks and months and encourage you to reach out with any thoughts, questions, or concerns. As your neighbor, I look forward to being a new, clear voice on the school board that represents the goals of our entire community.