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February 18, 2014

Letter: Support Donahue for School Board

To the editor:

I was glad that I had the opportunity to meet Sean Donahue in person and listen to him explain why he is running for the School Board this year.

A New Hampshire native, Sean is a loving father who has three kids. The main reason for their move to Windham is that he and his wife wanted to raise kids in a conservative environment. Two of his children are currently enrolled in our schools.

I love his three focus areas: 1) support fiscal budget accountability and transparency; 2) support and empower the teachers; 3) create a friendly environment that will welcome parents to become more involved with the School Board and be part of their children’s education.

Windham is a residential town in which 92 percent of the town budget is from the property tax. Since our school budget represents more than 70 percent of the town budget, we have to hold the School Board accountable for its actions. Every action has consequences. Last year, the School Board approved a $178,000 door purchase for Golden Brook School without a bidding process while it ignored the ongoing problems with the portable classrooms. We as the taxpayers want our money spent as we would manage our own family budget.

Sean is a trained mechanical engineer with management experience as vice president of operation for Penumbra Inc. His ability and conservative thinking will help us to manage the budget and find creative solutions to challenging issues. Sean is a person that I can trust on the School Board.

I wholeheartedly support Sean Donahue for the Windham School Board on March 11 and urge others to do the same.

Wendy Karlberg

Windham

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