Schools need more

To the Editor: During a PTO meeting last year, we were told that the school’s annual supply budget was so small it would barely last a couple months, if that. After more conversations I learned that Manchester’s schools have been doing “more with less” for far too long. We need equity in education, smaller class sizes, better facilities, more curriculum support, more staff — teachers and paraprofessionals — and we need to pay them all better.

Our teachers have been working without a contract for over a year now, and that’s wrong. Manchester spends less per student than anywhere else in New Hampshire. That reality hurts our students and negatively affects the reputation of our schools. I want our schools to be a reason for people to move to Manchester, not from. As a proud product of public schools and a volunteer at my children’s public elementary school — Smyth Road School — I’m inspired by teachers. I will work tirelessly for them and for all of Manchester’s students, because our children deserve the best education possible.

As a tenured professor, I have experience with curriculum, assessment and accreditation. After talking with administrators at public schools that serve Ward 2’s students, I know that the board can do more. And I think the school board needs some fresh faces with the initiative and persistence to get things done.

That’s why I’m running for the school board, Ward 2. I’m ready to do the work, and I hope I can count on your support.

SEAN PARR

Sagamore Street, Manchester

SEAN PARR

Sagamore Street, Manchester