Within a few days, we will decide on candidates, budgets, and other warrant
articles. Local elections are arguably more important than state or federal
elections, as the benefits or consequences are realized sooner. Given the tax
structure in New Hampshire, our property taxes fund our town and our district
schools. Those of us who show up get to decide. As in prior years, there are
real issues of concern that will change the dynamic of our community.
We enjoy a rich tradition of having great schools. I believe most people want to
continue this, but there are serious concerns with the new approaches to
education, and the lack of oversight among the majority of the school board
members. Many of these have been covered in print as well as social media.
How we deal with these issues will be determined, in part, by the people we
elect this year. I hope you will join with me supporting the three School Board
For the Souhegan Cooperative School District, to give this school board a
desperately needed infusion of more independent, practical, and fiscally sound
thought, please support Stephanie Grund and Tony Labranche. Stephanie and
Tony are a humble breath of fresh air who are honest brokers, who will be
considerate to all members, teachers, parents, students, and especially the
Stephanie has served on the Amherst School District Ways and Means
Committee, also as the chairperson for one year. She Later worked for SAU39.
Stephanie is willing to ask difficult questions to drive a dialogue that furthers
communication between administration, the board, and the community. She
understands the budgeting process and the challenges with standardized
testing, grading, and transcripts.
Tony Labranche is an absolutely amazing young man, who has an incredible
future in public service. Tony is a Senior at Souhegan High School and has first
hand-knowledge of the current student experience. Raised by a single parent,
Tony understands the tenants of respect, hard work, responsibility, loyalty,
honesty, and achievement. He understands value, as he is not wasteful with
resources and does not encumber his mother with unnecessary wants.
As if that is not enough, Tony is a cancer survivor. He has never used his
diagnosis as an excuse to underachieve or seek sympathy. In fact, Tony strives
to reach his full growth potential with a rarely matched zeal for life and diligence
to task. Tony has served on the Souhegan High school Community Counsel all
four years, and currently serves as the chairperson of the Constitutional
Since the beginning of Souhegan High School, much has been said by the most
ardent supporters of student advocacy or voice and choice. A vote for Tony
honors that support. A side note to Tony’s mom, great job! We are proud of you
too. Tony, we are all pulling for you!
Regarding the Amherst School District School Board, while there are two seats
contested, I can only target support for John Glover. The ASD Board has some
unique relationships between board members, and it is very concerning that
there exists the possibility of a new member, if elected, being employed by an
existing member. Does this create a conflict of interest or does this give the
employer board member two votes on all issues? Please consider these
John is an independent private family man with a heart of service. John has a
Law degree but chooses to work as an environmental engineering consultant.
John is passionate and has worked very hard for ASD in his first term. While he
wants to afford the administration the benefit of the doubt, I have heard John
ask tough questions aimed at keeping the administration accountable. John has
and will continue to challenge the administration as a duly elected board
member must. He will continue to be considerate with board members,
teachers, parents, students, and the community. There are major issues with
curriculum, grading, space, and staffing, confronting ASD, and John is well
equipped to encourage the board and administration to consider the pros, cons,
and especially the facts. John is NOT a rubber stamp. Let us join together with
a targeted vote for John Glover exclusively.
It is our right and privilege to vote. Regardless of your choice, please come out
to help decide the direction of our community.