School Committee Ward 4
The Newton School Committee consists of nine voting members: one person is elected (citywide) from each of Newton's eight wards, and the Mayor serves as an ex-officio member.
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Diana Fisher Gomberg
Current School Committee Member
Do you support the proposed new City Charter? Why or why not?
Do you support privatizing any part of school operations? Why or why not?
If you were to write a school transportation policy, what would be your key components?
290 Islington Rd., Newton, MA 02466
Yes. A smaller City Council would be much better and it includes a 10-year review to make any needed modifications. Citywide voting has worked well to elect the School Committee, and if people vote Yes on the Charter question, voters will have a ward representative and be able to vote for every City Council position. It would also apply term limits to City Council, the 16 year term limit (twice as long as School Committee’s) facilitates turnover while ensuring institutional knowledge.
Our employees are what make our school system excellent and I respect our unions. I see privatization as an absolute last resort which I would only support if it would provide better outcomes, have costs that are the same or less than in-house service, pay contracted workers a good wage, and be acceptable to the community.
The goals are to increase student safety, improve student health, and reduce pollution. Student pick-up and drop-off times can be stressful for parents, students, staff, and neighbors. The policy should encourage people to walk, bike, take the school bus, or carpool. Blue zones at new schools should be carefully designed to work for all families, not just those who travel by car.
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