Thursday January 19, 2017
Alex McHenry announces he is running for the three-year seat on the South Burlington School Board.
McHenry, the parent of third and fifth graders at Rick Marcotte Central School (RMCS) says, “Our family appreciates RMCS for its quality, closeness, and all the great people there.” He explains he would like to ensure that future generations in South Burlington have the same high quality education that is available today, and adds, “I will bring a ‘back-to-basics’ approach. I would like to work on delivering a quality education, and ensure that taxpayers’ money is spent wisely.”
McHenry’s children are an obvious reason for his interest in the school board, but he says he was also encouraged by a banner in the RMCS gym that reads, “If it is to be, it is up to me.” He says, “I realize that it’s important for me to step up.”
McHenry works at Vermont Medicaid as a data analyst in the Program Integrity unit. His job is to analyze data to find and eliminate fraud, waste, and abuse in the Medicaid system. “I love my job. I believe in serving Vermonters and in serving taxpayers. I hope to bring the same approach to the school board,” says McHenry.
The candidate has prior school board experience, having served on the elementary school board in Barre from 2001 to 2004. He says, “During that time we faced tight budgets, tough challenges, and intense negotiations, but we managed to make the school better, and keep accountable to taxpayers. It was a rewarding experience, and I enjoyed it tremendously.”
Before joining VT Medicaid, McHenry was a finance analyst at the VT Department of Education, from 2000 to 2010. He notes that he was responsible for many calculations related to Act-60 and Act-68, and many other data-related duties. While at the Department of Education, McHenry worked with education stakeholders across the state, getting valuable perspectives from Vermonters with many different backgrounds. He recalls, “During my time there I came to appreciate how education is paid for, and the people who pay for it, us taxpayers.”
McHenry came to the area in 1973. He graduated from Syracuse University in 1988 with a degree in mathematics. He is an avid runner and can often be seen jogging around the sidewalks and paths of South Burlington. McHenry says he looks forward to meeting as many residents as possible in the coming months.