I support Mike Foley for the at-large seat on the West River Eduction District unified school board.
During his term, I have found Mike to be open, honest, thoughtful, and diligent when addressing issues banal and controversial within our district. He studies, asks questions, and comes to well-thought-out conclusions on the issues.
When the new unified board skirted some of the pre-merger promises made to our communities, such as the quick and drastic move of the sixth grades out of our elementary schools, Mike was among the few board members who took his constituents' concerns seriously.
Additionally, school choice is a popular issue in our district. He supports it and has voted for it.
Despite what was admitted to be a skeleton plan due to limited preparation time, a lack of conclusive data, and financials, and what was cited as a 10-to-1 negative response in the public comments, the West River Education District's unified board voted to pluck sixth graders out of Newbrook,
Prior to the votes in Windham, Brookline, Newfane, Jamaica, and Townshend, our Act 46 Study Committee explained to us in writing what a “yes” vote for unification would mean: • “Day-to-day operation of our schools will not change. They will continue to provide a high-quality education for our students.”
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