, Salem, MA

April 30, 2013

Letter: Landen has needed experience

The Salem News

---- — To the editor:

Our schools and School Committee need consistency, the factor that separates Jaren Landen from Amy O’Connor and Carin Marshall, the other two wonderful School Committee candidates. Jaren has spent the last three years learning a great deal about the inner workings of our school system while starting projects and programs to support the great work of our teachers. She has done so with incredible thought, energy and enthusiasm. She regularly thinks outside the box to come up with creative solutions for a wide variety of issues. She has learned how the school system and School Committee function and built critical relationships throughout the district.

While Jaren’s two “competitors” are wonderful individuals, give their time and heart to our school system, and want the best for Swampscott, they do not have Jaren’s experience or institutional knowledge. Previously, I personally explored the idea of running for School Committee, as I am passionate about children and education. I spoke with several past School Committee members and one very wise and seasoned (seven-plus years) member told me to think about long-term — not the first three-year term, but the three to six years that follow. It is the second and third term served where one can use their experience and knowledge to make a difference.

Accordingly, I believe that Jaren Landen is the best-qualified person for the job. It is important to note that our current School Committee members are all in their first term. It makes sense to retain a committee member who has indicated a willingness to continue the work she started and to build upon those relationships she developed during her first term. We should thank Jaren for her dedication and support her in her wish to continue the work she has just begun. I hope you will join me in voting for continuity for our school system by voting for Jaren Landen on April 30.

Gayle Rubin