Letter: Support Breen for McCann School Committee

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To the Editor:

We are writing this letter to support an outstanding husband and father in his campaign for a seat on the McCann School Committee. Peter Breen became a schoolteacher after the Sprague Electric plant closed. After 22 years as a computer science teacher and network administrator for the Adams-Cheshire Regional School District he has volunteered in the community serving on the North Adams Licensing Board and Hoosic River Revival Board.

Peter is the only candidate with experience as a member of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), the organization that determines accreditation of high schools and colleges.

While the network administrator with the Adams-Cheshire Regional School District, he had extensive opportunities for collaborative decision-making and interpersonal communications with parents, students, town officials and administrators in the school district.

For the final 10 years of his career, he was also the busing coordinator and worked closely with the administration and bus company for budgeting, relevant local and state statutes and the location and time for transporting the region’s children.

He is also an experienced grant writer having written many grants while employed as a teacher and has recently written a grant for the Hoosic River Revival called "Little Hands in the River."

Now retired, he volunteers with the school district as a track official and spends a significant amount of time with his six grandchildren. He has the time to devote to the McCann School Committee, the patience to work with administrators and the public and the education and experience in education law and budgets.

Peter Breen has lived in North Adams his entire life, attended public school at Drury High School, (where he met his wife of 42 years) and received his master's degree in education at MCLA (North Adams State College). You won't find a more qualified candidate. We humbly ask for your vote for the best husband, father, father-in-law and grandfather, so he can join the McCann School Committee.

Respectfully submitted,

MaryEllen and Jennifer Breen
North Adams, Mass.




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