Editor's Note: This week, the Independent Newspaper received far more letters to the editor than were able to be published due to space constraints. This letter is among the letters we were unable to run in print.

I am a 13-year NK resident and mother of two attending public schools. My husband and I both work in higher education and selected to buy our first (and second) home here due to the strong reputation of the schools. Even as newlyweds, we knew this would pay dividends for our future family and our home’s value.

I am grateful that Erin West Earle is running to join the school committee because I have seen her in action as former colleagues at URI, as President of a board where she served the New England region advocating for students on a national stage, and as a researcher and mentor.

She takes ownership over her responsibilities. She changes policies when they no longer align with current needs. She listens. She dissects data and understands how to make informed and unbiased decisions. She facilitates meetings that allow for civil discourse. She manages budgets and is an exceptional project manager. She gives her time generously. Most importantly, I’ve seen her fight for students. Erin will bring that same creative problem solving and professionalism to her seat on the school committee and be relentless for your children and town too.

She has my vote and I hope she will earn yours.

Christina Berardi

North Kingstown

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