Dear Editor:

On May 21, I will join with neighbors and friends in the Carlisle Area School District to vote in the primary election for school board members. We will choose five Republicans and five Democrats from a slate of six candidates to appear on November’s general election ballot.

The winners in November will join me and three other existing board members to form a nine-person board to guide your school district. Together, we will approve all district policies related to curricula, staffing, and finances. With only four incumbents running, there will be at least one new board member next year.

Paula Bussard’s name will appear on the ballot. Without question, she has my vote. It has been my honor to serve with her for six years. For the last three, she has been our school board president. Paula’s leadership skills have been key as the school district chose a new administrative team, and for the first time, implemented a formal process to review the superintendent’s performance. Paula understands governance issues, listens well, and is a strategic thinker. She has led your board as we weighed crucial issues related to school safety, staffing, and finances. She knows what it means to struggle with very difficult budget decisions.

Most importantly, she wants each one of our 5,244 students to thrive and be prepared to face the challenges of the 21st century upon leaving CASD. She takes to heart our mission of empowering every student. She volunteers in a second-grade classroom each week and personally sees how hard our teachers work.

She cares deeply about your children and this community. I ask you to join me in returning her to the Carlisle Area School Board. We need her commitment, her dedication, and her leadership.

Deborah Sweaney

Dickinson Township

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