LETTER: It’s Time For The New Fuller Middle School; Vote Yes Tuesday

Dear Framingham Parents and Residents,

Just Say “No”. One of the simplest and most used words when it comes to addressing change. That “No” becomes even more resounding when it comes to spending. In Framingham, we’ve been accustomed to “Just Saying NO” to some of that spending for decades.

As a Fuller parent, I’m asking you to keep saying “NO”. This time it’s “No” to the shortsightedness that has resulted in the need for spending that far outweighs costs we’ve previously avoided.

“It’s Time” for a new “Legacy” of “Yes” in our commitment to education. On December 11 th , 2018 “Yes” is to authorize funding for a “New Fuller Middle School”.

It’s simple, “It’s Time”. “It’s Time” for the “New Fuller”. It’s simpler when you understand the “Funding”. We’re getting help from the State with a contribution upwards of 50% of the new building costs.

A vote of “Yes Costs Less” couldn’t be truer. A “No” vote and we incur the ever-rising estimated cost of $131 million to keep Fuller afloat, or you can vote “Yes” for upwards of $40 million in State help for a new school.

Everyone knows how old the “Fuller” building is. Many of you still look at the current “Fuller” and are grateful that you never went there and that your children will never have to go there? All that changes with “Yes”.

Perceived as the weak link in our districts chain of education, the new “Fuller” gives us the opportunity to strengthen that weak link. With one of the most dedicated staffs in the district, there hadn’t been the necessary leadership to properly steer Fuller.

That has changed dramatically with its new Principle Jose Duarte. His multi-lingual, multi-cultural outreach has brought together a community. Despite the physical conditions at Fuller, their academic accomplishments have continued to improve, and you’ll be hard pressed to consider Fuller a weak link anymore.

Their staff is continually involved in ensuring that all their students have access to meaningful instruction that keeps them engaged in higher levels of learning and thinking. Parents can see the results in the STEAM environment that’s in place. Principle Duarte continues to showcase student work and accomplishments with awards, exhibitions and assemblies. All of this will be greatly enhanced with the “New” Fuller’s state-of-the-art facility. Your “Yes” vote gives us a showpiece of what the “New City” of Framingham is capable of and their commitment to its future.

My children have already graduated from Fuller and I won’t get the experience of a “New” school for them, but I know how much it will help others.

“It’s Time”, like me, for you to understand the importance and the magnitude of your “Yes” vote at the December 11 th special election. You will be offering an  unmatched educational experience to hundreds of families and thousands of students for decades to come.

“It’s Time”, “It’s Time” for the “New Fuller”.

A “Fuller” Parent Thanks You,

Michael Najarian


Framingham Source Editor Susan Petroni

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

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