Education Op/Ed

Letter to the editor: Give Chance a chance to serve ACSD constituents

I’m voting for Jason Chance for the ACSD School Board on March 7th and I am writing to encourage you to vote for him too. Jason is running for 1 of the 13 seats elected by ACSD citizens to make up the unified ACSD board. Together they will provide oversight of public education in our district and will be tasked with providing high-quality education for every student in the district. More immediately, they will be hiring three key leadership positions including a new Superintendent to support the efficient, effective, and ethical operation of our schools.

I consider myself an informed voter. I have read the Addy Indy candidate profiles, have watched the MCTV interviews, and am one of a select few who have watched or attended all school board meetings since we unified as a district many years ago. This board is facing many upcoming challenges as ESSER funds dry up, as student outcomes attributed to the IB curriculum are scrutinized, and as the work of the board moves beyond the pandemic, beyond the us vs. them gridlock, and beyond the prolonged period of status quo to establish a shared vision of what public education looks like in our district.

Jason Chance grew up in Vermont just like I did. He has two kids in the school district just like I do. He has a proven track record of service exemplified by two years in the Peace Corps. He is calm, articulate, intelligent, productive, and dependable. You should vote for Jason because he’s an excellent candidate who will work collaboratively to move our district forward. He will take action to improve public education for our kids and our community.

Ethan Murphy

Middlebury

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