Education Op/Ed

Letter to the editor: Stone has the right ideas to improve ACSD schools

Hilda Stone of Bridport has chosen to put in her name as a candidate for the Addison Central School District Board representing the Town of Bridport. This letter is an endorsement of her candidacy.

Born and raised in Lincoln, Vt., Hilda attended the Lincoln Community School and Mount Abraham Union High School, graduating at the end of her junior year. Not knowing what her life’s mission would be, Hilda deferred college and worked a variety of jobs in different fields in order to decide what she wanted to do in her life.

In 2007 Hilda met and married Tracy Stone, a Bridport native, and they have their own business, T. Stone Mechanical, where Hilda serves as the administrator and business manager.

In 2015 Hilda and Tracy made the decision to adopt a daughter, who now attends Bridport school.

Hilda was a stay-at-home mom until last year. Now as the mother of a child in the school, Hilda works closely with the PTO, helping with fundraisers and functions, and Hilda this year is the vice president of the PTO. For the past year and a half, Hilda has also worked in administrative support for the Middlebury Ambulance vaccine clinic, maintaining patient flow at busy times and keeping up to date on eligibility requirements. Hilda has spearheaded very successful food and toy drives to benefit HOPE’s holiday meal boxes and Holiday Toy Shop.

Hilda’s chief motivation in running for the ACSD Board is her love for her daughter, and a passionate desire that we make the world a better place for our children, and that starts with school. One of her goals is to advance the acceptance of diversity among all students across the district. Children of all ethnicities need to be able to form positive connections and relationships with one another in school. Her daughter is a biracial child, and so for Tracy and Hilda, her parents, it is incredibly important that there be social and educational equity for all children of all ethnicities within ACSD.

Hilda is accustomed to hard work. She will strive to gather the information that will support the ideas she believes in. She knows how to problem solve and to engage in brainstorming with others of varying opinions and ideals. Hilda understands that she needs to listen to others, even those she disagrees with, and keep an open mind. We need parents like Hilda on the ACSD Board for the good of all our children.

Millard and Laurie Cox


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