As your newly elected member of the School Board, I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who came out to vote on Tuesday. I am humbled by the tremendous outpouring of support, and am grateful to the many neighbors and friends who gave me advice, encouragement, and assistance. I would also like to thank the many residents who allowed me to place a campaign sign on their property.
Education is the most important gift that Bedford can give to the next generation. In return, a strong school system keeps our community vibrant and ensures that our country will remain strong and competitive for generations to come. Bedford has an award-winning school system; I would like to thank the voters for instilling their trust in me to help maintain and build upon that excellence. I look forward to serving you and I welcome your questions and comments.
Like many Bedford residents, my wife and I moved here 16 years ago because of the outstanding reputation of the school system. Now, with our oldest two having recently graduated BHS and our youngest soon to follow, we continue to be impressed with the quality of our schools. Over the years, I have learned that great schools don’t just happen. They are the result of great teachers, dedicated administrators and highly involved parents. We are so fortunate in Bedford to have all of three.
But, high quality education doesn’t mean you have to throw a lot of money at it. The town of Bedford knows this. We have a lower cost per pupil than most other districts in the state, and we have lower than average teacher salaries compared to the state; yet Bedford consistently remains one of the highest performing districts in New Hampshire. I strongly believe in fiscal responsibility, and as a member of the School Board would dedicate myself to being a prudent steward of public funds. As a Captain in the United States Public Health Service with 24 years of active duty, I have managed a unit with 200 staff and a multi-million dollar budget. I know my way around a spreadsheet, and I know how to return value to the taxpayer.
My personal values are openness and transparency in government, responsiveness to the public which means being a good listener, and being willing to keep an open mind. On March 11th, I would appreciate your vote. Thank you.