Education Op/Ed

Letter to the editor: Doria, McCallum have proven track records

We are parents of a kindergartner and have generations of roots in our rural towns and schools. We are writing to ask our community to support us in voting for Jamie McCallum and Joanna Doria for ACSD Board on March 1.

We are proud to have grown up in ACSD schools, where we received a rigorous education in a safe environment. The generations of children who have learned and thrived in Bingham Elementary are proof of the effectiveness and necessity of small-town education. Our son comes home from his school feeling seen, listened to, safe and appreciated every day by dedicated teachers, staff and classmates. These connections and loving bonds are what make our schools irreplaceable.

Today we hear horror stories about MUMS and concerns from family members who teach in the system about overcrowding and lack of support staff. Most of the current board thinks they know what’s best for our kids. It’s that elitism that has caused such resentment and divisions in our communities. Our school is the heart of our town, and we can’t let them rip it out.

We need a change.

Jamie and Joanna have a proven track record of advocacy and leadership, especially among those who are most marginalized in our society. During their campaign, they have consistently reached out to voters to see what matters to them. They don’t talk about themselves — they listen to us. This has built our trust and confidence in their ability to face tough decisions where there are no easy answers. They will be a sturdy voice for change when we need it most.

Our elected representatives should listen first, so we can come together and heal, especially during the pandemic. We believe Jamie and Joanna will pursue sensible alternatives to the current consolidation plan. This is a first step to rebuilding the community-oriented schools that are vital to a great education.

Lauren and Kirk Ringey


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