|New Britain Board of Education, At-large|
|Years in position||1|
|Elections and appointments|
|First elected||November 5, 2013|
|Next general||November 2017|
|Master's||University of Hartford|
Mercier earned a Bachelor's degree in Music Education from SUNY Potsdam in 2003. He later earned a M.M.Ed. in Music Education from the University of Hartford in 2010. Mercier is a music teacher and president of the Citizens' Property Owner's Association. He previously served as a member of the city's Board of Finance and Taxation. Mercier and his wife, Kati, have one child.
Mercier won election to the board against five other candidates on November 5, 2013.
|New Britain Public Schools, General Election, 4-year term, 2013|
|Democratic||Judy Greco Incumbent||17.9%||4,193|
|Democratic||Sharon Beloin-Saavedra Incumbent||17.6%||4,122|
|Source: Connecticut Secretary of State, "Municipal Elections - November 5, 2013," accessed December 17, 2013|
Nick Mercier did not report any contributions or expenditures to the Connecticut State Elections Enforcement Commission.
Mercier's campaign website listed the following themes for 2013:
"In 2011, I spoke about the need to return New Britain to neighborhood schools. In addition to the fact that it will allow us to spend more of our capital on improving instruction there are reasons neighborhood schools are right for New Britain. As we return to the neighborhood school model it is important that we focus on how neighborhood schools can reshape the face of New Britain."
Solutions, not excuses
"In our time of No Child Left Behind and other accountability initiatives it is becoming increasingly common that school officials are attempting to find excuses for poor results. As I have been attending Board of Education meetings dealing with CMT and CAPT results, the two tests Connecticut uses to measure success, or with drop out rates within our school system there are constantly questions that attempt to explain away our poor performance.
Some board members seem more concerned about how many non-English speaking students we have compared to other districts than they do with whether or not we are improving as a district. They seem more concerned that changes to how the state calculates dropouts will make our district look worse on paper rather than deal with creating programs to help reduce those actual rates. This is a waste of effort and time.
While I can sympathize with those looking for justification, we need to move beyond excuses. Yes, we have a large population of students for whom English is a second language. Yes, we have a large number of students who come from economically disadvantaged households, and yes, we have a large number of students who do not have a home environment that helps secure their success. These are things every informed citizen already understands. We can accept these realities and work on solutions."
Fiscal responsibility in education
"Too often in education we talk about school funding in terms of dollar amounts. This perpetuates the false notion that academic success can be achieved by merely spending enough money. What school officials and policy makers fail to discuss is return on investment and how to create safeguards to ensure that every educational dollar is spent wisely. Money is spent on projects with little to no direct or indirect educational benefits must be curtailed. In a period of economic downturn it is not prudent to think that the financial situations of any school district will improve without a drastic shift in spending policies."
Note: The above quote is from the candidate's website, which may include some typographical or spelling errors.
What was at stake?
Five seats were at stake. Incumbent Democrats Sharon Beloin-Saavedra and Judy Greco were on the ballot. Both candidates were successful in their re-election bids. The New Britain Democratic Town Committee endorsed newcomer Daisy Sanchez for the 2013 election, who also won a seat on the board. Daniel Davis, Nick Mercier and Stacey Rosado received the endorsement of the New Britain Republican Town Committee. Only Rosado did not win a seat on the board. Current members Paul Carver, Anthony Kane and Luisa Leal did not file for re-election.
About the district
- See also: New Britain Public Schools, Connecticut
New Britain lags behind the rest of Connecticut based on median income, poverty levels and higher education achievement. The 2010 U.S. Census found the median income in New Britain was $39,838 while the state median income was $69,243. The city's poverty rate was 20.9% compared to the state's 9.5% poverty rate. The percentage of city residents over 25 years old with undergraduate degrees (17.5%) was lower than the state average (35.7%).
Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages.
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- Nick Mercier for Board of Education, "Meet Nick Mercier," accessed October 8, 2013
- Nick Mercier for Board of Education, "On the Issues," accessed October 8, 2013
- U.S. Census, "Quick Facts: New Britain," accessed October 24, 2013
- Connecticut Secretary of State, "Election Results," accessed October 8, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014