Manchester’s schools should fully reopen in September

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For Immediate Release


MANCHESTER, NH  July 25, 2021–Responding to an editorial critical of Mayor Joyce Craig in this morning’s New Hampshire Sunday News, Manchester Republican mayoral candidate Richard Girard issued the following statement on the reopening of the city’s schools this fall.

“With another $58 million on the way, the Manchester School District has already spent $47 million in state and federal funds on its response to COVID.  There is no reason for schools not to reopen fully and normally in September.  If, after spending $47 million they still need to spend more, then that should be the top priority for the $58 million on the way.  Mayor Joyce Craig, who in the past has been against reopening until she was for it, ought to make clear her position on the full and complete reopening of school in September.”


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Rich Girard

Richard H. Girard is a well known and highly respected conservative public figure and opinion maker in southern New Hampshire. A native of Manchester, NH, Rich has devoted nearly three decades to serving and educating the community about the critical issues in local politics and government. Rich’s diverse background includes running for and holding public office, providing leadership and management for other candidates’ political campaigns, extensive experience in the public and not-for-profit sectors, being sought as a political commentator by media outlets across the region, and having started and run three businesses, including this one.

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