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SOS Statement on Post-Election Activities

School advocacy group is not initiating or advocating any activities following the election.

Sherry Kilgus-Kramer, the president of Salem school advocacy group Strengthen Our Schools, which campaigned for the passage of , sent Patch the following statement regarding post-election activities:

'Strengthen Our Schools' is committed to advocating for, and providing information relevant to, projects and initiatives that support quality education in Salem, New Hampshire.  Our recent focus has been the passage of Phase 2 of the facility renovations and staff raises.  Now that the election is over, we will be shifting our focus to other projects as determined by our board.  We have not initiated, nor are we advocating for, any activities resulting from the local election process on Tuesday, March 13th.

The $21.5 million bond for Phase II to renovate Fisk, Haigh and Soule Schools failed to receive the required 60 percent majority for passage by approximately 300 votes in

Wendy James March 18, 2012 at 02:45 PM
Thank you Mr Hatch, enjoy your day! Now about those Red Sox
Jeff Hatch March 18, 2012 at 02:50 PM
Not really a baseball fan. Not enough excitement for me
Wendy James March 18, 2012 at 03:33 PM
Me neither, just trying to change the subject.
Salem Tax March 18, 2012 at 03:46 PM
Ms. James, There have been no legal opinions expressed here. There have been no opinions posted determining appropriate information to post. A debate regarding what constitutes a PAC or group was the topic of discussion. Mr Hatch, A change of topic is a good idea, this article states "after election activities" which appears at the onset to be about post election decisions and topics. Moving forward is essential to continue to improve Salem while maintaining an affordable tax base so moving on, agreed.
Brian March 30, 2012 at 02:31 PM
Why are people so quick to close the Haigh School? Didn't the town close it once before only to have to re-open it again? And lets not get into how much the town had to pay to renovate the school so that it could be used by students. IMO a 5-year report is not something “concrete” to base on whether or not a school should be closed or not because if that was the case then why not talk or plan on closing one of the other schools then lets save even more money by doing that. The failure to properly educate our children isn't something to be decided upon with a 5-year report. What happens if after the 5-years we see a boom in population and a surge in elementary school aged children - and Oh My God we voted to close one of our elementary schools so now our schools are over-crowded. Now the town will have to decide to either renovate the Haigh school (which will cost the town much more money to get it in line with the others) or decide if it should build a new school. It’s pretty sad that some people didn’t vote for Phase 2 school plan simply because they had the attitude of “my kids are out of school so why should I care” or “I don’t have kids in the system” I feel sorry for these people. And as far as some of the townspeople being disgruntled about the outcome of the election - of course they are!!! Why would you be surprised by this??? You would feel the same if something that you were passionate about, spent time politicking for got voted down.

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