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Opinion: Unified board candidate has solid, diverse background

Why vote for Perry Hanson?
1. Here’s what I stand for: I believe in student-centered, active learning, and I believe that we can always improve education, that we must educate every child, that we can always work smarter, and that we must support our teachers. I also believe in educating the head, the heart and the hands to teach life-long learning skills, to internalize compassion and to learn to appreciate the dignity of labor.
2. Here’s what’s important: I know that our local small schools have a particularly good way of reaching every child and are central to community life. I support local small schools because they benefit both students and community, and I will strive to make them the best they can be.
3. Here are my current and recent services to Ripton and Addison Central Supervisory Union (ACSU) communities: Ripton Broadband Co-op Committee (member 2009-2011; chair 2011-2012); Ripton School Board (vice chair) since 2012; ACSU Negotiations Council (2013-2014): ACSU Strategic Planning Committee (2014-2015); ACSU Charter Committee member (2015-present).
4. Here’s how I am linked to Ripton and the broader community: My family made Ripton and Vermont home in 1951. I went to the Ripton Hollow School (eight grades in two rooms) for fourth, fifth, and sixth grades . Susan and I married in 1962 and lived in Ripton until graduation from Middlebury College in 1964, and then again from 1978 to 1982, when we worked at the dollege. During this time our children went down the mountain to the College Street School and the Middlebury Union Junior High School. I chaired Ripton’s first Planning Commission and wrote the first Ripton Town Plan.
5. Here are my experiences before retiring in 2012: Peace Corps volunteer, secondary school teacher in Kenya 1965 and 1966 (after Middlebury College); graduate school (1967-1971); working in higher education (1971-2012); teaching and research (12 years) followed by managing technology and libraries in various capacities as director, vice president, vice provost focusing on supporting faculty in the use of technology in teaching and learning (29 years). During that time I participated on and chaired boards of one regional and two national computing organizations.
I look forward to the opportunity to serve our communities.
Perry Hanson
Ripton

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