If you are running for a town/school position and would like to make your pitch on StamfordVt.org – send an email with your bio/qualifications/reasons for running to the site’s email address in the right hand menu area.
Dear Stamford Friends and Neighbors,
My name is Jennifer Ryan and I am running for a two year term on the Stamford School Board of Directors. For those that don’t already know me, I am a Co-Librarian of the Stamford Community Library, was an original member of the school board’s interstate merger sub-committee in 2017, and have been regularly attending school board meetings as a visitor for the last four years. I am a parent of 3 Stamford students, in first, fourth, and sixth grades. Through my work as a town librarian I have cooperated and coordinated with the school administration to develop afterschool programming, write grants that benefit the school, and (as a parent) have volunteered numerous times in the K/1 classroom and as a chaperone on field trips and field days. I know many of Stamford’s students personally, and take the success of Stamford School, and the community it serves, personally as well.
Serving on a school board is an important job that involves regularly making difficult decisions that affect every aspect of town life, from educating our kids, to stewarding our tax dollars, to attracting new residents. With that in mind, I believe that as publicly elected representatives it is the responsibility of the school directors to conduct business with the highest possible level of transparency, and to encourage the involvement of both parents and residents. I have sometimes disagreed with the decisions of our current school board, but I have also been grateful for their dedication to our school and town, for representing the needs of our small school to our supervisory union and to the state as a whole, and for giving of their time and talent to serve our community. Regardless of who you plan to vote for, I hope that everyone reading this will come to Town Meeting on Monday March 2nd at 7:00 pm, vote in our local elections on Tuesday, March 3rd, and will continue to support Stamford School by coming to regular board meetings on the second Thursday of each month at 7:00 pm.