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Gayle Hedrington

February 20, 2008
Jim Peschke of Barton Road is seeking a three-year School Board member seat and wants to share his mission statement with Croydon residents.

"As part of Croydon's Long Term Planning committee, I worked to develop the Resident Survey. The community response was tremendous, indicating that the public feels strongly about the direction Croydon should take. From this and discussions with residents, three common goals consistently crop up.

  • Lower spending and better cost management.
  • More parental choice in education.
  • Greater transparency.

If elected, my voice would remain a minority on the school board, so I cannot make grand promises. Nevertheless, I am committed to seeing these public demands carried out and not ignored as is so often the case among government bureaucracies.

Our area agreement with Newport, due to expire in 2010, must be revisited to produce terms more favorable to Croydon.

The new agreement must NOT contain any clause forbidding Croydon from sending students to other schools. Residents demanded parental school choice by a 2-to-1 margin.

We must reevaluate participation in the SAU, as it consumes taxpayer dollars and provides no education whatsoever. Our SAU costs increased 54% last year while services were cut back.

Wish lists from the State Department of Education must be accompanied by bags of money. This is in our Constitution. Why should homeowners spend money on programs we neither need nor want?

Spending in "special education" must be scrutinized and contained. Public support for these programs should be withdrawn until they become more transparent.

Per-pupil education spending must not increase faster than the rate of inflation. No excuses.

At last year's Town Hall meeting, I proposed a modest $25k budget reduction designed to hold the line on the property tax rate. The measure was defeated, thanks in no small part to the efforts of education workers. Had the school board proposed a leaner budget, we would be paying lower taxes today.

One final comment: I believe that the duty of any school board member does not include putting the district, its employees, or the State ahead of the community. With this in mind, I ask you to support my candidacy for the Croydon school board. Jim can be reached at 603-863-7613 or email at
Election Day is Tuesday, Mar. 10 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the Town Hall.  Residents wishing to register to vote can do so at the Town Clerks Office during normal business hours or on the day of the election. 


Personal Notes

Bert Smith was in Dartmouth Hitchcock Hospital Tues and Wed.  February 17 and 18 he was released and is now enjoying his normal routine. 

Cathy Peschke is not celebrating her birthday this year since she was born  in a leap year.  On her next birthday three years from now,  Cathy will turn 12.   

I took first place in a short story contest at Raphael's Village for Love Everlasting.  It is written under my pen name Joyce Williams.

Editor's Note: You can read Gayle's story here. It takes just a few minutes, and the goosebumps last a lot longer.

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