The following is an announcement submitted by the candidate, per the Framingham Source election policy. As per the policy the statement is published below as submitted.
FRAMINGHAM – Current Framingham School Committee member Ricky Finlay announced today he will be seeking the District 2 School Committee Seat in the new city government.
Finlay, a lifelong Framingham resident, lives in Saxonville with his wife and two children who attend the McCarthy Elementary and Cameron Middle schools.
Having also served on the committee from 2009 – 2011, Mr. Finlay, has been a strong advocate for getting Framingham reimbursement for unfunded state and federal mandates that cost Framingham over $22 million a year. This advocacy assisted Framingham’s State Representatives and Senator Karen Spilka in changing the state reimbursement formulas bringing more money back to Framingham.
Finlay was re-elected to the Framingham School Committee in April of 2016 and is proud of his collaboration with other Board members and town leaders to accomplish many things for Framingham school children in the past year.
“I am excited about the opportunities for better representation of town residents on the School Committee under the new form of government. I take my role as a representative of the people very seriously. I do my homework and research before meetings and reach out to peers on issues. I am not afraid to ask tough questions and I vote for what I believe is best for our students. I return Constituent phone calls and listen to concerns and guide people in the right direction for help. I also enjoy working with other town leaders to accomplish things that are in the best interest of Framingham.”
Finlay is very proud of the teamwork on the School Committee this year that allowed the Board to accomplish a great deal under the leadership of Chair Heather Connolly. Finlay, pushed for an audit of the department’s Human Resources Department which led to a restructuring of the department and closer collaboration with the Town.
He has long been an advocate for lowering school fees to students and families. He was successful in getting the Committee to adopt his suggestions and the fees have been lowered by more than 50% this year.
Currently, he is seeking an audit of the Special Education Department to see if there are ways to find cost savings for taxpayers while still providing the same quality of services to Framingham students regardless of which school they attend.
Finlay serves as the Clerk of the School Committee, The School Committee Executive Board, is the Convener of the Building and Grounds Subcommittee and is a member of the Town-wide School Building Committee.
“I am proud to say that I have worked collaboratively with Cheryl Tully Stoll, Chairman of the Board of Selectmen and Heather Connolly to move things forward for our community this year. One of these collaborations has enabled the new Barbieri playground to utilize federal Block Grant Funds and handicapped parking fines to provide accessibility to the playground for all children. Additionally, the Chairs and I worked together with the Town Manager to reach an agreement on the transfer of school property on A Street from the schools to the town for the construction of a new desperately needed fire station that will serve District 2 and others,” Finlay said.
Further he added, “If elected to this new seat I look forward to continuing to advocate for students, teachers, parents and taxpayers. I will continue to be a fiscally-responsible Committee member, and keep all stakeholders educated and informed on the issues.”