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Letter: Kiler would create long-term vision for CCPS

I am not an educator, I don't claim to have a prescriptive view of how our local educational system should move forward but I do recognize challenges and some of the shortcomings of our current education system. I believe our education system has become decoupled from our economy not preparing kids for the changing economy.

I have two kids who graduated from Carroll County schools and for 14 years I coached high school football in Carroll County. While that doesn't make me an insider I developed many relationships with teachers and administrators spending 15-20 hours a week at the school. I listened to many of them vent to me about their profession, the administration, dealing with difficult parents, pay frustrations and many other challenges they faced day-to-day. I saw many teachers who were incredibly committed to kids and their profession and some who would proudly tell me they do what only they had to do as defined by their contract. I was shocked when an administrator shared with me how little control he had over what happened within his school as county supervisors oversaw teachers and other operations at his school.

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I have known Ken Kiler for well over 20 years as a good person and a devoted family man. He and his wife raised two sons and a daughter, all successful and all graduated from Carroll County Public Schools. All three attended college, one is a graduate of Harvard. All three have master's degrees so I think it is safe to assume he understands and believes in education. Ken is a grandfather, business executive, former military officer and 40 years ago founded the Manchester Wrestling program where he volunteered thousands of hours impacting hundreds and hundreds of kids.

I think it is safe to say we currently don't have a long-term strategic education plan as decisions appear to be more short-term reactions putting out fires as opposed to a long-term plan. I am confident Ken would bring a new perspective focusing on making strategic decisions to improve our system, develop a long-term plan by working with all vested partners to make Carroll County schools one of the most efficiently run and best performing systems in our state. Please join me and support Ken Kiler for school board.

Todd Mitchell

Hampstead

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