I was watching public access tv last night and was very happy to see Jim Shaughnessy, a member of the Kingston School Board, and his daughter Larissa talking about todays budget vote.
Larissa went on to talk about why we as a community need to pass the budget and gave a very detailed convincing analysis. I can't tell you how impressed I was with her knowledge on the issues, you would think she was a current member of the board.
We need more students like Larissa Shaughnessy in the Kingston School District and in this community. A friend of mine is a neighbor of the Shaughnessy family and after the election he called me and said Larissa came to him and was campaigning on my behalf. Really, I said. This friend of mine went on to tell me how Larissa talked to him about how my youth and knowledge of the district would make me a good board member. That really meant a lot to me.
Larissa Shaughnessy is a student at George Washington Elementary school and is only nine years old! Her father should be very proud.
Please, for students like Larissa, go out and vote in favor of the budget today.