Letters to the Editor, Nov. 23, 2012

Nov. 22, 2012 @ 02:11 PM

Carolyn Lowder demonstrated

her commitment to education

Regardless of the outcome of the District 2 school board election, and more importantly, regardless of how you voted, the citizens and students of Union County owe a huge debt of gratitude to Mrs. Carolyn Lowder. Following a distinguished 29-year career as a teacher, Mrs. Lowder still has a passion for helping the students of Union County. For more than 11 years, she carried that passion forward in her position on the Union County Board of Education.

I had the privilege to work with Carolyn for the first time in 1999 when the Quality Leadership Council was first formed. I served as chairman of the QLC for 13 years. Mrs. Lowder served as member and representative of the Board to the Council for the same time. In fact, she was the ONLY board member to join our meetings for the first 10 years of the QLC. Her commitment to improving the quality of education in our schools and providing educators with valuable tools to measure and enrich the classroom experience was unwavering. Mrs. Lowder recognizes that Quality in Education is not a standalone program that is short-lived, but rather it is a journey … a commitment that must be woven into the fabric of education at all levels, from the classroom to the lunchroom to the boardroom.

Mrs. Lowder championed equity as an integral principle of the board. She believes in equitable solutions for students and stakeholders. To borrow a phrase from Rye Barcott, “Talent is universal, but opportunity is not.” Mrs. Lowder sought to treat all schools and students impartially and to provide sufficient resources (not necessarily the same resources) to ensure a fair opportunity for all students to learn, develop, and showcase their talent. She also fought for equity among the facilities, desiring that all Union County schools be maintained in good repair and appearance with equitable amenities.

But above all, Carolyn Lowder practices what she promotes. She is a devoted leader. It is common to find Mrs. Lowder volunteering with students at one of the schools, teaching leadership or performance based principles to faculty and staff or even filling “goody bags” for participants before a Total Quality Education Share Day. These things have nothing to do directly with her responsibilities to the board, but everything to do with her commitment to the success of Union County schools.

So, Mrs. Carolyn Lowder, I can only offer to you two little words that seem insufficient in light of your deeds and accomplishments … THANK YOU!

Fred H. Edwards



Thanks for all who

helped in terrible time

I would like to say Thank You to the law enforcement officers who handled the case in Unionville of the murder/suicide on Thursday morning, Nov. 15, 2012. It was a very stressful time for them as well as the community. Also, thank you to the individual who picked up the child at the scene and took her to a safe haven. You loving, caring nature makes me proud to be a citizen of this community.

It makes me understand that although we have tragedies in our small town, we can depend on law enforcement officers and the citizens who operate the fire and rescue units to keep us safe.

We were allowed to open the day care on schedule. Our staff was able to get to work, and our parents brought their children to us knowing that they would be safe even though the incident  was about one quarter of a mile from the center. To me that means that we have the best public safety people any small town could have.

So "Thank You" to all of you who worked that case from me, the staff and the parents who use our services.

Beulah Ryan


Unionville Child

Development Center