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September 16, 2013

Salem School Committee candidates: In their own words

The Salem News asked each of the candidates for School Committee to submit a brief statement telling voters “why you should vote for me.” Their answers are below. The preliminary election is Tuesday, Sept. 17.

Katie Casiglia

"I bring a common-sense, practical approach to school governance that's rooted in my work as an educator and is a continuation of my efforts as an active parent in the district. While I see tremendous potential for the future of our schools, I understand that the process towards improvement will require willingness to collaborate, a precise and unrelenting focus on our goals, and commitment to helping all children reach high academic standards."

Janet Crane

"I will continue my efforts so that every child in Salem has a chance to succeed in school and be prepared for life after high school. I'll work so that we challenge our best students and give the extra help they need to students who are at risk."

Rachel Hunt

"I have a deep understanding of the research behind and the practice of leading a diverse school community. I have collaborated closely with families, community members, and teachers to create Salem Academy ... a Level I public school ranked 5th Best Public High School in Massachusetts by U.S. News and World Report."

Rick Johnson

"I am the candidate who will tirelessly advocate for improving our systems to support our teachers, parents and students. If you want new thinking and new results from the Salem School Committee, then vote for Rick Johnson."

Lisa Lavoie

"I will focus unwaveringly on improving teaching and learning for all students, regardless of their starting point. Benefiting from two years of experience on the School Committee, I will require evidence of progress towards meaningful goals and avoid distractions that inflame the community but ultimately delay progress."

Ken Sawicki

"I'm outspoken and to the point. I don't mix words. I tell it flat out."

Patrick Schultz

"My experiences as a Salem parent, Salem High School teacher, Chelsea High School assistant principal for curriculum and instruction, director of school services for the MA Math and Science Initiative, chairperson of Salem's District Turnaround Committee, and local business owner have prepared me to lead the school district at this challenging time. I am committed to strengthening the leadership culture, raising expectations, and providing teachers with the ... supports they need."

Brendan Walsh

"I should be re-elected to the Salem School Committee because I have always been and will continue to be a strong and independent voice for all of our children and all of our schools. Voters should support me confident that I will continue to make decisions that support all of our teachers' efforts and encourage innovative programs that improve all of our children's chances of success."

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