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Although I was disappointed in the results of last week's school vote, I would like to congratulate the winners and wish them well.

Many of us who supported the school-board incumbents did so because of their clear advantage in experience, knowledge and understanding of the school system. So I say to Ms. Meyer, Mr. Ferro and Mr. Wezenaar: Surprise us doubters. Show us that you are quick studies. Plunge into your new duties and learn; show us your commitment, your strengths, your support for educational excellence. I, for one, am eager to be proven wrong about you.

Richard Sussman is now the presumptive next president of the board. Even his most ardent critics concede that he has had many excellent ideas. The failing has been in his ability to put them across in a way that leads to their adoption. So show us, Richard, that you can be a leader. Show us that you can leave behind the incendiary rhetoric of the outsider.

To all on the incoming board who opposed the bond: Your platform said the current board had ignored the wishes of the community. Remember that those who disagreed with you are members of the community, too. Please take the best of our ideas and incorporate them into your plans.

Ultimately, we all want a financially sound school system that produces well-informed, competent students who love to learn. We agree that the schools' physical plant needs to be expanded and modernized. Let those of us who have fought so hard put divisiveness behind us and work together in a spirit of cooperation, to rebuild not only our schools but also our bonds as a community.

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