Wiscasset school committee candidate Douglas Merrill

Thu, 05/23/2024 - 10:15am

    Occupation: Owner and operator of Doug Merrill & Son Building, Inc.


    Political History (Board, Committees, other): 


    Considering the office you are running for, what do you feel are the three most pressing issues (350 words or less):  1. The public feels marginalized in that they are not allowed more participation in discussions and decisions regarding how the school system is run. They want and need to be involved in the discussions. 2.  There seems to be a lack of transparency in the flow of information to the public which creates confusion and a sense of distrust. The information given to the public is often not presented in a way that is discernable to people who do not work in educational fields. People simply want a clear, concise and timely answer to their concerns. 3. Low testing scores for our children, a curriculum that does not allow teachers to teach to individuals and poor public perception of the schools as a whole have frustrated and discouraged innovative teaching. This has caused many teachers to resign and move on to other school systems.

    These are not insurmountable problems. Nor are they insignificant. We cannot progress until we honestly address them. The public wants and has the right to be involved. This is all about their children. Ultimately, the final decision lays with the school board, but the parents must be allowed their say. The school board will need the input of all parties to make the best decisions for our students and for our town.

    Any other thoughts on why you are running or what you can bring to the office? 150 words or less: Wiscasset is not alone in its issues with our education system. The entire country is failing our students due to the current educational model. It is time to think outside the box to seek the changes that will allow us to move forward with better results.

    These changes will require the input of school administrators, teachers, parents and students. It will take a great deal of time and effort to build a plan for our future. Transparency from the school committee and participation of the public can lead our school system to a stronger sense of community and better learning results. It is imperative that everyone stay involved and that all ideas are heard, respected and considered.

    The responsibility of a school committee is to give our students the best education possible, keeping in mind our fiduciary responsibility to the taxpayers. In all of this, we must be guided by common sense.  I believe that together, we can make a difference for the better.

    Thank you for your support.