Education Op/Ed

Letter to the editor: Cullinane, McGlashan best choices in tough times

In the two contested races for the Addison Central School District board, there are two candidates with a demonstrated commitment to this unified school district as a place where all students receive a quality, equitable education. Those two are my colleagues on the board, Mary Cullinane of Weybridge and Amy McGlashan of Ripton.

Mary and Amy know they have been elected to represent all students and taxpayers in the ACSD and consistently demonstrate that responsibility, often in conflict with some residents of their own communities. Both have worked tirelessly for the district.

Mary replaced me as the board chair three years ago and has led the board carefully through the challenging COVID period, responding to a shifting reality that has required pivoting on a regular basis. In a time when many school boards in Vermont and the nation have devolved into contentious social issue battlegrounds, Mary has led the board in responding to public pressure effectively and keeping public and board discourse thoughtful and respectful.

Amy has remained a strong advocate for a unified school system that responds to the needs of all students so that when they come together in middle school, each has had the opportunity to thrive in their elementary schools so they may thrive together in our union schools. As a member of the board’s Communications Committee, Amy has played a key role in continually improving the board’s relationship with the members of our communities.

These roles have not been easy for either Mary or Amy, coming from our smallest towns where residents have long felt nervous about their futures. Throughout their board years, both have served with courage, integrity and with a commitment to the goals of our unified district. I strongly support their re-election and hope the voters of the ACSD recognize their devotion to the education of all our children.

Peter Conlon

Cornwall

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