Concord School Board elections: District A candidates on the issues – Schweiker and West

  • Concord parent and activist Kate West is one of two candidates running for the school board's District A seat. Courtesy photo

  • Roy Schweiker at the Concord Public Library on Oct. 27, 2017.

Published: 9/21/2020 5:54:04 PM
Roy Schweiker

Age: 67

Occupation: Retired

Family (if you have children, are they in the school district?): Single

Have you held any office prior? No

What will you bring to the school board? Being retired, I can devote more time to the school board than someone with a family and a full-time job, and I can attend daytime meetings when they resume. I worked several years for major corporations as a software course developer, so I know the value of setting educational goals and orienting teaching toward them. And I have taken over 100 online courses from institutions on six continents, including from Harvard, Yale, Stanford, MIT and Caltech, so I know the good and bad of remote learning.

What is the most important issue(s) facing the Concord School District now?  Short term is in dealing with not just the physical issues of the pandemic but also the educational issues of most students learning less than normal years and those most challenged by remote learning winding up as much as a year behind their peers. Long term is whether Concord supports equitable education for all students in NH, and how to accomplish it.

Kate West

Age: 30

Occupation: Protolabs

Family (if you have children, are they in the school district?): I have an 8-year-old daughter who goes to school in the Concord School District.

Have you held any office prior? No

What will you bring to the school board? I’m a single parent. Being a single parent means I am a skilled multitasker and a quick-on-my feet problem solver. I know how to compromise and I know how to manage a budget. I work full time for a prototype manufacturing company, so I know how to set realistic goals, meet expectations and work within a deadline. I am a community organizer and member of Change for Concord. This allows me to come together with Concord community members to listen, be presented with group experiences and perspectives and collaborate to create actionable plans for removing barriers and stimulating positive community change.

What is the most important issue(s) facing the Concord School District now?

■Racial justice and community representation policy reform – the Concord community deserves plans that actively work to promote inclusivity, tolerance, justice and equity.

■The budget – the Concord community deserves a budget that honestly reflects our priorities and needs.

■Pandemic response – the Concord community deserves the immediate creation and clear communication of a comprehensive and inclusive plan.

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