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November 1, 2013

Letter: Ciolino, other candidates owe answers on claims

To the editor:

At this time of political marketing, we are getting ready to make decisions based on what we learn about the candidates.

Recently, I received in the mail, a marketing communication from Joe Ciolino for councilor at large. He brought to my attention what they have done in the City Council to be proactive for Gloucester’s future.

The first bullet states “Erecting of wind turbines with $50,000 a month in new revenue.

“$50,000 a month in new revenue,” I screamed to my husband who is also like myself a teacher in Gloucester Public Schools. My question is why, if we are taking in $50,000 a month in new revenue, do we have the oldest, slowest, and most broken down computers in our school still to this day at Gloucester High?

Why, when I take my marketing class of 25 students to the computer lab is only 14 of the 21 junky computers available working? Why do we have holes in the ceiling of our school that when it rains it leaks onto the floors?

After hearing this news about the “new revenue” I would like to know what that new revenue is going to pay for and why, as Joe Ciolino states in his advertisement, the words “proactive steps for Gloucester’s future” does that not apply to our schools, our students, our teachers.

Are we not the place where the future of Gloucester begins? For the candidates for political office I ask this of them to consider what Gloucester’s future will look like if we don’t treat our schools with priority.

As teachers, we are doing our best with the resources we have available. Is everybody else?

I ask Joe Ciolino to follow through with his last bulleted remark “Provide School Committee & Teachers with resources to prepare our kids to compete with peers & develop successful careers.”

We need to start with decent computers with up to date technology if our kids are going to be competitive and as a community we need to make that a priority.

ANN GRASSETTI

Gloucester

Business teacher, Gloucester High School

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