Letter: Feltes campaign manager wrong about Ardinger
State Senate candidate Dan Feltes’s campaign manager, Karen McNamara, apparently did not fully understand (Monitor letters, Aug. 22) the well-written explanation by Concord School Board President Clint Cogswell of the board’s 2009 decision concerning sizing of the new schools (Monitor Forum, Aug. 21).
Demographic changes and declining enrollments, plus the school district’s retention of Eastman School in its inventory do, in fact, allow for space for full-day kindergarten. The truth is that the neither the school board nor Kass Ardinger made any vote regarding the merits of full-day kindergarten.
Instead, with Ardinger’s leadership, they voted to build three new elementary schools that our children and grandchildren will again attend starting this week. And they preserved all necessary space to house a full-day kindergarten program if the board, with the community’s support, were to approve such a program in the future.
The discussion of the merits of any new program, including full-day kindergarten, requires a careful, evidence-based and transparent discussion among all stakeholders – parents, teachers, administrators and taxpayers. That is exactly what Kass Ardinger encouraged to build public support for the recent building of the new schools. I know she will bring that independent and successful leadership style to the state Senate.
I urge the Feltes campaign to take a deep breath and avoid further political hyperbole that only depresses public discussion of the worthy topic of early childhood education. Further, I urge Feltes, a Concord resident, to attend future meetings of the Concord School Board and contribute to the discussion of the merits of programs for our city’s public schools.
(The writer is a former president of the school board.)