I wanted to write a quick thank you to all those who have supported me over the past few months. Easily the best part of running for School Board, and to some degree one of the more surprising for this introverted candidate, has been meeting members of the community through the various forums, door-knocking outings, meet/greets, emails and impromptu conversations in coffee shops and grocery stores. Thank you for taking the time to get to know me, hear about my background, my reasons for running and my ideas on how we could do things better for students. I’ve learned a lot through this process.

While I’m neither the smoothest public speaker nor the best at placing yard signs, those were not my priorities the past few months. Instead, my priority was to show a willingness to think about the more challenging issues facing the district and try to come up with thoughtful ideas and solutions that consider multiple points of views and focus on what is best for students. I hope you took the time to read some of my thoughts on test scores, class size, race/cultural awareness, politics in school, personalized learning and transparency / decision making by the board.

I tried from the outset to focus on students, what works best for them, and what we as a community can do to best prepare them for life after they leave our schools. I never wanted this focus on students to be compromised by any affiliation to either political party and the various benefits that accrue to political party support (e.g. email lists, voter addresses, volunteer support, etc.). This independence has cost me various endorsements. I don’t regret my decisions on this front.

Thanks for your support.

— Matt Loucks