It is apparent that Renee Ordway believes that experience should be voted out of office, “It’s time for change on Bangor school panel” (BDN, Aug. 18). I could not disagree more. I prefer to base my vote on results.
Bangor students achieve high marks in SATs, MEAs, National Merit Scholars, AP scores and graduation rates. All beat state and national scores, which is why Bangor has been identified as an “out performing” school system. It is Bangor’s goal that all students score above national averages and it provides students with individualized plans for math and reading to ensure they meet that goal. Most impressive to me, 94 percent of Bangor graduates go on to further their education – almost double what the state and national averages are. Add to this a faculty that is highly trained, a cost effective educational program and buildings and grounds that are well-maintained – Bangor has one of the best school systems in the state.
As a consumer I have experienced no greater value for my dollar than the education the Bangor school system has provided my four children. This is due in large part to the professionalism, continuity and focus of the school board. Let’s focus on what is important to Bangor – a school board that can continue to deliver an excellent education for our students.