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FRAMINGHAM – Our job as members of the School Committee are to set policies, budget, and hold the school superintendent accountable for his or her performance.  Furthermore, we do this for the best education for our children. 

Like most voters who inhabit Framingham, I am not a professional educator, but rather a member of the public who has been asked by others to serve this community by making sure that our schools are being managed by competent educational professionals.  

I am pleased that I see that computer technology has been implemented in a manner that enable our students to develop the skills they will need in everyday life.

Then the COVID-19 pandemic hit this part of the country like a charging freight train, resulting in the school superintendent having to shutter the school building and, on the fly, having to implement a plan to provide remote learning in lieu of in-person learning.  

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I am proud of our school  administration in their decisions to provide breakfast and lunch to be delivered to the kids at their home during the remote learning instead of letting those kids do without their meals.  

I grant that remote learning is not ideal, but I see it as being much better than absolutely no education while the school buildings are shuttered.

As a School Committee Member, I support science that as been traditionally taught in the schools without political interference from people who have no business nor expertise thereof. We do not choose the students. Our job is to educate them the best we can. I have no patience in falsehood being taught as the truth, however, if it happened and there are documents, records, etc. to support that it happened, it is fair game to be taught as the truth.

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I want our schools to be a nurturing environment for sound education and I want our children to have pride in our schools.

I am proud of the 1,500 plus Framingham residents  who signed the petition calling for Woodrow Wilson Elementary School to be renamed because when Woodrow Wilson was president of the USA, he ordered the Federal workforce to be racially segregated, much to the detriment to the Black federal workers.

Not only am I’m asking you to vote for me for School Committee representing District 9 on November 2, I am asking all of you to get yourselves and your family vaccinated so we can achieve herd immunity within our schools and our community. If we can achieve herd immunity within our schools, I believe that we may be able to safely make wearing the masks optional as we open the schools full, in-person.

Thank you.

William LaBarge

District 9 School Committee member

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Susan Petroni is the former editor for SOURCE. She is the founder of the former news site, which as of May 1, 2023, is now a self-publishing community bulletin board. The website no longer has a journalist but a webmaster.