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Letter: Candidates focused on students

Sue Bower | The Sentinel

Nov 1, 2023

"I trust Bussard, Clash, Shane, Stroud and Tarrant and their plan to keep our district moving forward. "

For the past two years, I have had the privilege of serving on the Carlisle Area School Board. The recent shift towards partisan politics and divisive culture wars within our educational system has compelled me to speak out and defend the vital principle of nonpartisanship within our school board.

For many years, our school board has operated with a focus on the well-being and development of our students and the improvement of our local schools. We have been guided by the shared goal of providing a quality education, regardless of our personal political affiliation. It is crucial to remember that our primary role is to serve the students who depend on us, as well as our community. They deserve a stable and unbiased environment in which they can learn and grow.

We must remain focused on the core principles that have guided us for years, which include providing a well-rounded education, supporting our teachers and staff and ensuring that our schools are safe and inclusive spaces for all students, regardless of their background or beliefs.

I trust Bussard, Clash, Shane, Stroud and Tarrant and their plan to keep our district moving forward. Some key points of their plan are addressing student mental health, retaining excellent teachers and programs, and encouraging parental involvement among other important topics. Their entire plan is available on their website

As a current school board member, I am committed to keeping the focus on our students and the quality of education they receive. I will continue to advocate for the nonpartisan, forward-thinking approach that has served us well. Together, with Citizens for Carlisle Schools, we can ensure our schools remain a place of learning, growth and inclusivity. Please join me in voting for Bussard, Clash, Shane, Stroud and Tarrant by Nov. 7.

Sue Bower

North Middleton Township / CASD Board Member

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