Since the April school committee election, I have spent many hours considering how I might best continue to serve the Framingham Public Schools.
Many voters have let me know of their support and wish I would seek the District 2 school committee seat.
I want to thank them as well as many staff members, especially at the Perini Building, for their encouragement.
Despite my years as a Precinct 5 Town Meeting member and four years on the school committee, the last one as vice chair, the voters decided to go in another direction. I believe my opposition to the new 9-member school committee, especially the 2-year terms that all end at the same time, and my decision about Dr. Stacy Scott’s contract outweighed the positive aspects I felt I brought to the committee.
As the deadline for candidacy in the fall election approaches, I feel these same two factors will be used against me.
This makes me realize that I am a strong education supporter and advocate, but not much of a politician.
At the spring candidates forum, I vowed to “Make A Difference.” I am determined to do that for the students in Framingham.
My goals, at this time, are as follows;
1. Be a member of the Barbieri, Walsh and Framingham High school councils
2. Be an advocate for the Resiliency for Life (RFL) program at the high school
3. Be involved with initiatives concerning Social and Emotional Learning as advocated by Judy Styer and Senator Karen Spilka
4. Continue my work with Hoops and Homework, as a board member and activist, in support of my long time mentor and friend, Herb Chasen
My wife, Kristi, and sons, Zach-grade 11 and Andrew-grade 8, have been my biggest fans over the years. They have encouraged me to continue to be an educational leader in Framingham.
I will be visible, open, honest and hard at work to make the FPS even stronger!
Advocating for the hiring of Dr. Robert Tremblay was the highlight of my school committee work and helping him make Framingham schools even better is what I pledge to do in my future endeavors.