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Opinion: Cornell asks voters for support

Dear Starksboro Community Members,
I am writing to ask you to consider supporting my candidacy for the Robinson Elementary School board. I am running for a seat on the Robinson board because I care deeply about the school and the children it serves, and because I believe I have something to contribute. 
As you may know, I was an associate superintendent of schools/curriculum coordinator for 23 years (16 years in the Addison Northeast Supervisory Union, and seven years in the Rutland Northeast Supervisory Union). In that role, my areas of focus were pre K-12 curriculum, instruction, assessment, professional development, grant writing, grant management and data analysis.
Formerly a high school English teacher and freelance writer, I currently work as an educational consultant and am the editor of Vermont Learning (http://paper.li/learningvt/1383658430), a free online newspaper for Vermont educators. When my children were very young (they’re in their 30s now!), I volunteered as the editor of the first Robinson School newsletter, and also served as a member of the Robinson School board.
As a member of the Robinson School Board, I would be committed to:
•  Ensuring that all students succeed, using the ANeSU Learning Goals (the Ends Policy) as our framework for gauging success;
•  Working collaboratively with the other Robinson board members to make sure that community and staff members have opportunities to engage in dialogue at our board meetings, while ensuring that the board has ample time to address its agenda items;
•  Promoting school-community connections and mutual understanding; and
•  Providing high-quality learning and teaching at a cost that taxpayers can afford.
Please don’t hesitate to contact me (453-2681 or [email protected]) if you have any questions. Whether or not you decide to support my candidacy, please be sure to attend town meeting on Saturday, Feb. 28, to vote on the Robinson School budget, and please be sure to vote by Australian ballot or by absentee ballot in the election for town offices that will take place on Tuesday, March 3. 
Nancy Cornell
Starksboro

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