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Candidate profiles: WLC School Board, Wilton rep

Harry Dailey

Occupation: Retired

Time living in town: 28 years

Previously elected offices: WLC School Board, five years.

Other qualifications: Spent the last 30 years managing all aspects of retail businesses, including financial, human resources and real estate.

What are two issues you feel are important and how do you plan to address them?

The biggest challenge we face in public education today is how we can provide a quality education that does not put a financial burden on taxpayers. The most positive step we have taken in the last few years is to consolidate the Wilton-Lyndeborough, Wilton and Lyndeborough school districts into one cooperative school district. My goal is to be part of the team/board that moves toward a 100 percent true consolidated district. This means that we need to take the steps necessary over the next few years to make this happen, including changing the Articles of Agreement that govern the district. The first change, which will be voted on this year, will give the School Board the ability to move grades between the two towns. This will allow the School Board to make changes that will not only make sense from a financial standpoint but an educational one as well. After reviewing the results of last year’s engineering study that was completed on all district schools, I believe that it is in the best financial and educational long-term well-being to consolidate the two elementary schools into one new/renovated elementary school that will service the needs of the district for the next 50-plus years.

Mary Guild

Occupation: Selectman’s Assistant

Time living in town: 15 years

Previously elected offices: Supervisor of the Checklist

Other qualifications: Employment for 20-plus years in multiple roles in local area schools’ SAU offices.

What are two issues you feel are important and how do you plan to address them?

1. Full and appropriate education for all students ensuring better opportunities for students leaving our schools:

I believe in full and appropriate education for all the students in our schools. We need to find alternative ways to educate which will ensure better opportunities for the students once they leave the public school system. Thorough research by educators and the board should be done to find better programs.

2. Fiscal responsibility to the taxpayers:

I also believe that the schools should be helping to keep costs down. The taxpayers have continued to fund the schools to the best of their abilities, but the tax base in our towns is not growing and federal and state funding is being reduced. So much of the funding for schools comes from real estate taxes, which go up year after year in a slowing economy. I feel that the schools and administration and others in the public should be working collaboratively to find alternative funding.

Editor’s note: Nicholas Chapo also filed to run for a seat representing Wilton on the Wilton-Lyndeborough School Board. Multiple attempts to reach him for this candidate profile series were unsuccessful.

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