Nick Mercier

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Nick Mercier
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New Britain Board of Education, At-large
Incumbent
Term ends
2017
Years in position 1
PartyRepublican
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 5, 2013
Next generalNovember 2017
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sSUNY Potsdam
Master'sUniversity of Hartford
Personal
ProfessionMusic teacher
Websites
Campaign website
Nick Mercier is an at-large member on the New Britain Board of Education. He won election to the board as a Republican candidate against five other candidates on November 5, 2013.

Biography

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.[1]

Elections

2013

See also: New Britain Public Schools elections (2013)

Mercier won election to the board against five other candidates on November 5, 2013.

New Britain Public Schools, General Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJudy Greco Incumbent 17.9% 4,193
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngSharon Beloin-Saavedra Incumbent 17.6% 4,122
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDaniel Davis 16.6% 3,879
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngNick Mercier 16.4% 3,847
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDaisy Sanchez 16.1% 3,762
     Republican Stacey Rosado 15.5% 3,621
Total Votes 23,424
Source: Connecticut Secretary of State, "Municipal Elections - November 5, 2013," accessed December 17, 2013

Funding

Nick Mercier did not report any contributions or expenditures to the Connecticut State Elections Enforcement Commission.

Campaign themes

2013

Mercier's campaign website listed the following themes for 2013:[2]

Neighborhood schools

"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 Public Schools is located in Hartford County, Connecticut
New Britain Public Schools is located in Hartford County in central Connecticut. The population of New Britain was 73,206 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.[3]

Demographics

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%).[3]

Racial Demographics, 2010[3]
Race New Britain (%) Connecticut (%)
White 63.6 77.6
Black or African American 13 10.1
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.4 0.3
Asian 24 3.8
Two or More Races 4.2 2.6
Hispanic or Latino 36.8 13.4

Presidential Voting Pattern[4]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 76.3 22.7
2008 74.5 24.2
2004 67 31.1
2000 69.5 25.3

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.[5]

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