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The Tewksbury Township School District Board of Education is responsible to all the people for whose benefit the Tewksbury Public School District has been established. The Board of Education’s primary objective is to establish those purposes, programs, procedures, and facilities which will best produce the educational achievement needed by district students now and in the future. It is charged with accomplishing this while also being responsible for wise management of resources available to the district. The Board functions primarily as a legislative body to formulate and adopt policy, selecting a school superintendent to implement policy, and evaluating the results. Further, it must carry out its functions openly while seeking the involvement and contributions of the public, students and staff in this decision-making process. Members of the Board of are elected to three-year terms and normally three seats are up for election each spring. The nine-member Board is committed in principle to the objective that all students have an opportunity for learning that is consistent with each individual’s capabilities. It strives to maintain and improve the educational atmosphere in Tewksbury Township so that all of the youth of the community may meet this objective. The Board of Education acts on any school issue only when the board, as a whole, is in official public session.

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    Greg Davidson

  • Ira Flood

  • Suleyka E. Munoz

  • William Simon

Biographical Information

Why are you running for the board of education (Why are you seeking reelection)? What personal and professional skills do you possess that will make you an effective Board member?

What are the challenges and opportunities you see for our school district and how do you propose to address them?

How would you rate our school district’s plan for reopening our schools under COVID-19 pandemic conditions? What are your concerns, if any, about the plan and what solutions can you offer?

Looking ahead to a post-pandemic future, what are we learning from our school district’s experience with the COVID-19 pandemic that will or should affect how our schools operate in the future?

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Plain and simple, I am running for the Tewksbury Board of Education because I have three small children (7, 7, & 4) that will be a part of this district for many years. Thus, I have a long-term, vested interest in the success of this district. I want to ensure that we are delivering the best education experience possible--for both my children and everyone else in the district.

With everything that's happened with COVID, many parents have expressed concern with the board's lack of planning and transparent communication. As such, I have been asked by many other parents and neighbors to help bring a fresh perspective to the Tewksbury board--and I'm up for that challenge.

What I will bring to the board is considerable strategic planning experience, new ideas, and a willingness to listen and engage with parents.
I see 4 key challenges:

1) OFFERING A VOICE. Whether they pursue a hybrid or virtual-only plan, all parents should feel as though their voices are being heard and their children are receiving a robust education.

2) EASING THE BURDEN. Right now, parents are spending way too much time facilitating their children's daily education--and our school district needs to pursue methods to reduce that stress.

3) PREPARING FOR A POST-COVID WORLD. Things may never be as they were before COVID, but we should be planning now for all relevant options for next year and beyond. We should be studying other districts to incorporate their best practices and learn from their mistakes.

4) REBUILDING THE COMMUNITY'S CONFIDENCE. Tewksbury parents have lost a lot of faith in the school board this year. We need to recognize that and rebuild that trust through thorough and transparent communication.
Let's be honest. Our board has been put in a difficult situation. With COVID, there's no solution out there that would make all families happy. Some parents want their kids in school full-time. Other parents believe that health concerns should dictate going 100% virtual. And, we also have the teachers and staff--and their families--to consider.

However, based on what we've seen from other local districts, our district could have done a much better job of:

1) Earlier preparation

2) Delivering thorough--and transparent--communication with parents

3) Developing a more robust virtual learning strategy

4) Involving parents in the planning and decision-making process

At the end of the day, I believe that our school district should strive to be a model that other districts try to follow. Instead, we seem to be waiting around to see what others are doing.

If elected to the board, I will work to ensure improved planning, more thorough communication, and community involvement.
We are clearly seeing a distinction between those districts that make bold decisions and develop well-crafted strategies...and those districts that hesitate and waver with indecision.

I believe strongly that the Tewksbury school district can do better--for our children and with our tax dollars...
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