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I will use school budget experience to look at high surpluses

To the editor,
I have announced my candidacy for one of the two Gilford school board positions in the upcoming election in March.
I have been a resident of the Town of Gilford for the last 20 years. My three children have all gone through the Gilford School District. They were successful in academics as well as in theater/drama, soccer, basketball, track and baseball.
My educational background includes Bachelors and Masters degrees in Accounting and Finance from Montclair State University and Farleigh Dickinson University, NJ.
My work experience includes over 20 years in Heath Care Administration and Finance, followed by 15 years as a Certified School Business Administration for the Winnisquam Regional School District (Tilton, Northfield, and Sanbornton) and SAU 44 (Northwood, Nottingham, and Strafford). I have worked closely with each of the four school boards and respective SAU Boards. I have worked along with the building principals, assistants and superintendents. In addition I served as a board member for the St. Johnsbury Chamber of Commerce and Northern Counties Heath System. I served seven one year consecutive terms on the St. Johnsbury School Board as a member and vice-chairperson.
With my educational background, my school administration experience, and board experience I would be a good addition ot the Gilford School Board. I am also recently retired and I can devote the time and energy I need for this position.
As a school board member, I will provide oversight during the annual budget preparation and implementation. I will use my school business experience to look at the high budget surpluses at the end of the school year, since it has a direct effect on our annual Gilford school tax rates. I will also use my knowledge in our food service operations, technology, budgets, policies, educational needs, other potential revenue sources, reports to the public, facilities/grounds, risk management and other areas as needed.
I ask for your vote at the March election. Thank you.
Allan Demko
Gilford
 
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