It seems like we seldom have a race for a local election. This year we have one for school board. Meet Tom Ronning. – Lil
Name: Thomas H. Ronning
Position: Fall Mountain Regional School District School Board
I have placed my name on the ballot to represent the Town of Walpole as their representative on the Fall Mountain Regional School District’s Board of Education because I am passionate about the ever-changing educational needs of the youth in our community. I believe I have the knowledge and experience to continuing moving our school district forward in order to meet the needs of all students. A few points of interest about myself:
- Three decades of experience as a teacher, coach, assistant principal, and principal.
- When requested, I have acted in the capacity of Superintendent of School’s.
- I have been a member of the Alternative 3, Alternative 4 Certification Boards and the Principal’s Task Force to develop an effective evaluation template for the NH Department of Education.
- I served as the School Board Chair for The Granite Hill School in Newport, NH for 16 years.
- I have been involved with the New England Association of School’s and Colleges during the accreditation process for 4 schools.
- I have served as the North Walpole Village moderator, Zoning Board Chair and been active in my church.
Having been involved with the creation of the “Vision of the Graduate” in our school district, I believe it is right in line with New Hampshire’s Community College System’s goal to attract, grow, and retain businesses in NH. In order to do this, we must first train our youth and have the expectations for them to remain in the State of NH. The belief of the Community College System is to ensure that our state has sixty-five (65) percent of adults twenty-five (25) and older “well equipped to success in the community, the nation and world” by the year 2025. Fall Mountain has the ability to achieve this goal with so many supportive businesses and organizations.
I also believe that in addition to focusing on local government, we need to be cognizant of what is happening at the State level. For example: 1) The new Governor could help our school district by funding kindergarten at 100% vs. the 50% level, thus, bringing revenue to our five towns and helping offset the educational portion of property taxes. 2) The new Commissioner of Education could take a look at what it means for a child to demonstrate competence beyond taking a test. At the high school level extended learning opportunities, outside the school setting, may present valuable work experience for our youth, allowing them to earn certificates and increase their chances of long term employment.
I would appreciate your vote.
Thomas H. Ronning