School Committee, District 7
There is one candidate for School Committee in District 7.The general election will be held on Tuesday, November 7, 2017.
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Why are you seeking election to the Framingham School Committee?
Describe your qualifications for the position. If applicable, include some of your accomplishments from a prior school committee term.
What are the top 2 issues facing the Framingham Public Schools now and how would you address them if elected?
Several schools in Framingham are under-performing. How do you envision getting these schools up to par with other schools in Framingham?
As a parent of children in the system, I am deeply invested in its short and long-term success. I want to represent, not just my children, but every child in District 7. I want to ensure that our students and educators have schools that are exciting places to work and learn. I want to see a district that is responsive and receptive to parents, staff, students, and the community at large, encouraging an open dialogue. We have made great strides as a district, but we have much work still to do.
Giving back to the community has always been important to me. I have served as a town meeting member, former Co-Chairman of the Framingham Celebration Committee, and as a member of the Parent Steering Committee for the Framingham Frogs Swim Team for 6 years. When my oldest son entered kindergarten at Hemenway, I worked to find ways to enrich both his and his peer’s school experience. I was Co-President of Hemenway PTO for 2 years, Co-Vice President at Walsh and have been active in PTO for over 9 years. I volunteered in his classrooms and chaperoned school field trips. I have been fortunate to work with so many amazing teachers, staff, and administrators in our town. I am aware of special education issues and served as secretary for F-SEPAC. In my personal life, I was a school bus driver in the Hopkinton School District for 6 years and am currently an active leader in church, working with children and youth.
While the Framingham schools have made tremendous strides and offer great opportunities for our children, I believe we can still work to make improvements.
One of the top issues facing the Framingham Public Schools is the ever increasing student enrollment. Many of our schools are nearing capacity levels as well as needing upgrades. We must come up with short and long term plans to meet these needs, all while remaining fiscally responsible.
The other issue I see is the status of some of our schools. We have 4 under-performing schools in our district. We must find ways to raise their level of performance while continuing to support the needs of the other schools.
We need to look at each school individually, look at the data, see where these schools are under-performing. We need excellent School Improvement Plans. Framingham doesn't need equal schools, we need equitable schools. There is no easy fix. We must give each of our schools the resources they need to succeed. We need to be investing in our teachers and staff, giving them the training and tools they need to create positive changes. We must ensure that high-quality mentoring is available to all of our students. They need to be engulfed by those that willing to inspire and motivate.
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