Tyler Chase did not respond to the candidate questionnaire.
Will Stewart (incumbent) did not respond to the candidate questionnaire.
Board of School Committee
Kathleen Kelley Arnold, 48, was appointed to take over the Ward 2 school committee seat. She has been a licensed insurance broker for 20 years. For the last 12years, she has owned and operated the Richard E. Kelley Insurance Agency, an independent insurance brokerage in Manchester.
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Sean Parr, 42, is Associate Professor of Music at Saint Anselm College.
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As a lifelong educator, tenured college professor and math tutor, I have experience with educational assessment, accreditation, and curriculum reform. I am also honored to be endorsed by Manchester’s teachers’ union—the MEA. My children attend public school — Smyth Road Elementary School, where I am also a volunteer. I am also an experienced writer, editor, and researcher.
Everything I can—I think we need to get back to the negotiating table quickly and come to a consensus on a contract, one that honors our teachers and accounts for the promotion steps they’ve lost in the past several years. I also think we need to consider multi-year teachers’ contracts and plan for the future.
I think it’s important to listen to the priorities of our school administrators and teachers, so I would start there. I’ve already visited schools that serve Ward 2 students and met with principals, who have shared some of their hopes, such as improving staffing—special education staff and paraprofessionals especially—and facilities concerns, including a flooding problem at Central that remains unresolved. After these urgent issues are resolved, I would then turn to working with the Board, the Superintendent, teachers, staff, and parents in considering how the funding could be used towards a vision for our schools’ future.
Manchester is a city on the way up. We have a wonderful, friendly, diverse population, with great energy and goodwill. Our city has many vital small businesses, as well as beautiful neighborhoods, parks, programs, and traditions.
Work together to solve pressing issues—contracts, staffing, facilities—quickly and with an eye to a long-term vision for the district.