Three years ago I ran for School Committee as a concerned parent. I had the great honor of being elected to represent our children and our town. Since then I have worked to deserve the trust you put in me.
Our Committee has faced many challenges, and I am proud we have worked together as a group as we conquered most of them. As current Chair, I am especially proud of this year’s accomplishments: signed contracts with all our unions; redistricting; and kindergarten tuition abolished (while gaining more monies for the town).
I have seen fiscal stability for the schools as the major educational issue during my tenure and have done as much as possible to achieve this on an individual and a Committee level. Examples include helping put the override on the ballot via fact-finding for and participation on the Long Range Planning committee, changing our budgeting process so we use Circuit Breaker funds already in hand, and helping implement a monthly budget review.
I will always pay close attention to financial matters. But in the next three years I hope also to work toward new targets: development and articulation of a long-range vision for education and facilities, more emphasis on student achievement via support for curriculum changes and the new Educator Evaluation system, and enhancing the quality and responsiveness of APS communication.
Since 2010 I have been privileged to work with the many townspeople that make up our local government. My mental image is that we all stand together with linked arms, supporting and protecting our town. I would be honored to receive one of your two votes on April 6th, so that I may continue to stand with them and work hard on behalf of our children and Arlington.