Christen Meyer, 37, doesn’t purport to have classroom experience. Nor has she served on school boards or committees. But she’s confident that what she offers, if elected to the School Committee Nov. 4, is an important voice for the community.
“As a stay-at-home mom and a fiscal conservative, I’m in a unique position to fight for the community,” she said in an interview last week. “It’s about what the people want,” said Meyer, “It’s not about what I want.”
As a homeowner and a parent of two young sons, ages 6 and 3, Meyer said she believes she’s in a good position to be able to connect with residents.
“I understand the burden on the taxpayers. I want my money to be spent wisely,” she said.
When asked to name what educational issues were important to her, Meyer said her priorities would be following through on the district’s strategic plan and implementing all-day kindergarten.
“I really like the idea of getting to the top 100 in the national rankings,” she said. “I think delivering the strategic plan to the community is important. And all-day kindergarten isn’t daycare. It’s going to give our children the education foundation in the kindergarten that they need.”
Meyer believes parents are an important part of the educational system – that it’s not just up to teachers. “I believe that teachers and the parents have to work together. We have to work together and have that open communication.”
She also believes School Committee members need to make themselves available to the public and said she would respond to emails and voicemails. She also said she would encourage parents to get involved and attend School Committee meetings.
“Don’t just talk about the issues at the kitchen table – come to the meetings.”
To watch Christen Meyer and four other the other six School Committee candidates, here’s a link to videos from the EG News Candidates Forum Oct. 16 at New England Tech.