Wadland Running For School Committee in District 3

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.


I am pleased to announce that my nomination signatures have been certified and I will be on the November ballot for the School Committee seat representing District 3 (formerly Precincts 4 & 7).  As a parent of students in the school district, former member of the Fuller School Council and former President of the TownWide PTO, the education of all of our children is my top priority.  As Vice-Chair of the Economic Development & Industrial Corporation (EDIC) I also appreciate the importance of having a strong school system so that we can attract businesses to Framingham and have a solid tax base from which we can fund education and other municipal functions.

I’d also like to take this opportunity to once again thank the voters of Framingham for electing me to the School Committee in April – particularly the voters of Precincts 4 & 7 ​where I beat a strong field, which included three School Committee incumbents.

Although the school year has drawn to a close, the School Committee will be busy throughout the summer as we prepare for the 2017-2018 school year and refine how we operate as a group in preparation for changes to the Committee coming in 2018.  Since being elected just a few short months ago I have:

  • Drafted critical revisions to our policy which governs Open Session and Executive Session minutes, so that we can be as open and transparent with the public as possible and so that we can be held accountable for the actions we take and the decisions we make as elected officials.

  • Repeatedly pushed our new Superintendent to look at administrative largess in our central office which was created by his predecessor.  So far, this analysis has identified nearly $240,000 in administrative savings which can be reinvested in classrooms across the district.

  • Been appointed to the district’s Calendar Committee which is tasked with drafting the 2018-2019 academic calendar for review and approval by the School Committee. In this role I will draw upon my experience as a working parent and my past experience as a single parent to come up with a calendar that meets the needs of as many families as possible.

  • Been asked by the School Committee leadership to help keep our meetings on time and on track, so that we can make best use of everyone’s time and stay within our legal purview.

If elected to the School Committee again in November, I will continue to push in these areas and continue working on:

  • Effective communication between the school leadership and stakeholders – including parents, teachers, municipal leaders and the taxpayers of Framingham

  • Fiscal transparency so that we ensure that we’re getting the most out of every education dollar we spend and so that all students have what they need to succeed

  • Equity between the programs and offerings (in-school and out-of-school) across the district

  • Building strong and mutually-respectful relationships with our new City Council and Mayor

Due to changes in the School Committee structure brought about by our new Home Rule Charter, next year no more than 4 of the 9 members will have previous School Committee experience.

To help ensure a smooth transition and to continue working on the topics noted above, I respectfully ask for the support of voters in District 3 on Tuesday, November 7th.

Framingham Source Editor Susan Petroni

Susan Petroni Framingham Source Editor Email: editor@FraminghamSource.com Phone: 508-315-7176

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