There has been misleading information to the residents of Winchester about Rick Horton and Elisha Jackson, School Board Candidates. I am compelled to respond in a compassionate and thoughtful manner to show politics can be positive.
I live here, VOLUNTEER here, and managed the bank in town for over nine years. I thought that I had a great presence in our community and my credentials spoke for themselves, until I read Mr. Bigelow’s March 7th letter. I thank Mr. Bigelow for bringing to my attention that people might not know who Elisha Jackson is. I hold a Bachelor degree in Accounting, have 19 years finance, banking, and community development experience, elected Budget Committee Member, current Treasurer of the Cheshire Fair Association and Treasurer of the NH State 4H Association, previous Treasurer of the ELMMCC and WGYB just to name a few. I have handled individuals’ and business’ finances responsibly for the people in our town. I’ve also seen the hardships our community faced when the School increased its budget last year from $10.5 Million to $11.1 Million raising taxes to $30.03 per thousand. People in our community lost their homes, others couldn’t refinance to lower rates because property values declined. My reason for running for School Board is more than just budget related. I have a son that is in our school system and have been actively involved in our school for over nine years. I care about our community and most importantly, our children.
“Just because they said it doesn’t make it so” is the exact reason I dedicated over 100 volunteered hours researching and verifying school budget information provided by the School Administration. Rick Horton and I uncovered over budgeted line items including tuition enrollments to Keene, retirement benefits for SAU staff calculated at 11.36% which is the teacher rate, and other items not disclosed by School Administration. I believe in researching information for myself and encourage the voters to do the same. Check the Annual Report, opening day enrollments for Keene High have decreased in the past three years, don’t be fooled that people are moving in every week.
We need people who listen to the public, research information, and then make responsible decisions with the best interests of our children in mind. Please vote “yes” on Article One and Horton and Jackson for School Board.
227 Keene Rd.
Winchester, NH 03470