More file for Monadnock Regional School District seats

More file for Monadnock Regional School District seats

By Meghan Foley Sentinel Staff
| Posted: Saturday, January 24, 2015 8:00 am

SWANZEY CENTER — Day three of the filing period for Monadnock Regional School District offices has come and gone, and three more people have announced their candidacy for the school board.

Troy residents Adam Hopkins and Scott Peters have posted on Facebook their intent of running for one, three-year term on the school board.

The seat is currently held by Richard H. Thackston 3rd, who has said he won’t seek re-election.

As of 2:45 p.m. Friday, only Hopkins had filed for school board at the district’s offices.

Hopkins said in a Jan. 9 Facebook post that if elected to the Monadnock school board, he’d look out for the best interests of the students and taxpayers.

“It’s a balancing act, but I think with some fresh eyes on the business of the school district, positive changes can be made,” he wrote. “Great things have been happening district wide, but the lack of trust and openness I hear about from other taxpayers throughout the district at meetings is taking the shine off of these improvements.”

Peters wrote on Jan. 13 that his decision to run for the Monadnock school board didn’t come quickly.

“Frankly, I’m not interested in a position for the sake of having a position, but I am passionate about seeing our kids succeed, helping families to keep as much of their hard earned money as possible, and no longer allowing our community to become a victim of petty bickering and emotional decisions,” he wrote.

He believes the school board needs “level-headed, long-term thinkers who are willing to create new structure,” and his first step would be to promote a system that would allow students, parents and district employees to provide feedback on decisions before the administration or school board passes them, he said.

Current school board member Phyllis T. Peterson of Fitzwilliam has also filed for election to one, three-year term representing that town.

The announcement of Hopkins’, Peters’ and Peterson’s candidacies comes after Joseph E. Smith and Robert A. Mitchell, both of Swanzey, filed for election to two, three-year terms on the school board Wednesday.

The two Swanzey seats up for election are currently held by Robert Smith and Eric Stanley.

Stanley said Friday that he is “95 percent” sure he won’t seek re-election, saying there are some very important community-led initiatives going on in the school district that he wants to be more involved in. One initiative is the formation of a positive reinforcement student group at the high school, and he also hopes to organize a Monadnock alumni group, he said.

“I think it is important for school board members to do a real self evaluation and decide if they are working in a way that is really best for the students in our district. Right now, I think doing the other things that I want to do will be best for the students,” he said.

Stanley said he won’t rule out running for the Monadnock school board again in the future.

The filing period for Monadnock school district offices closes Friday, Jan. 30, at 5 p.m.

Elections are scheduled for Tuesday, March 10.

Besides school board seats from Fitzwilliam, Swanzey and Troy, a three-year term is up for election in Roxbury. The Roxbury seat is currently unassigned.

Also up for election is a one-year term as school district moderator and five, three-year terms on the budget committee. Two seats are from Swanzey, and one each are from Fitzwilliam, Roxbury and Troy.

In addition to the three-year terms on the budget committee, elections will be held for one, two-year term each from Swanzey and Troy, and one, one-year term from Swanzey.