In full transparency, the following was submitted to SOURCE media, as per the digital news media outlet’s election guide.
FRAMINGHAM – I am excited to announce my goal to continue to serve on the Framingham School Committee from District 4.
As the Chair of the School Committee during the COVID-19 pandemic I teamed up with my colleagues and Superintendent Dr. Tremblay to navigate through the crisis and massive puzzle which shook up our community. The challenges of the 2020 and 2021 school years were immense, and continue on in different ways.
In my leadership role, I have worked hard to support the students, staff, and community on PreK-12 initiatives with a focus on health and wellness, student achievement, transparency, fiscal responsibility, and long-term strategic planning.
I am the father of three young children who attend or will attend our public schools during the next two decades. Due to them and all other students, my interest and commitment to remain as a School Committee member has grown stronger in two ways. First, as a result of the pandemic’s detrimental impact and the need for experienced leadership to help recover. And second, due to the Mayor’s chronic series of six separate budget reductions to the school budget since the COVID-19 pandemic began.
Whether it has been the necessary coordination with health officials, developing policies on emergency public health measures, allocating federal grants towards ventilation upgrades, standing up against the Mayor’s school budget reductions, renaming an elementary school, pushing for the school district to finally have solar energy projects, ensuring the committee aggressively follows all open meeting and ethics law requirements, participating in collective bargaining with employees, providing respectful oversight of Central Office administrators and encouraging changes to past practices to be more strategic, bringing the independent equity audit’s findings to the public and pushing for continued progress on the recommendations, attending all Fuller School Building Committee meetings to provide guidance and management on the new school construction project, collaborating with state officials and City Councilors on issues large and small, or any other one of the thousands of other School Committee actions this past term – I am ready to continue this essential work and whatever comes before us next.
Throughout this term I have been proud to be part of such a dedicated team of members. With each of my colleagues I have worked to support their individual goals and our committee as a whole.
In my next term I plan to continue prioritizing:
- Pandemic Management and Recovery, and Implementation of the American Rescue Plan Act’s federal funding to help with student learning loss
- Efforts to secure a funding plan for the district’s next new school – an Early Childhood Education Center south of Route 9
- Installation of additional Clean Energy Projects at all eligible schools
- Advocacy to the Mayor for the city to fund and work with the school department based on the nature of the school year’s specific needs, a strategic plan, and prudent fiscal steps
- The last four years with this Mayor has been a chronic challenge practically every time school funding has been discussed. The facts and record clearly shows the Mayor has reduced the school budget six different times just during the pandemic, and in five of those cases there was little to no communication and too many surprises and the inability to actually work together. It is unfortunately part of a series of challenges such as the Mayor and her administration ignoring the School Committee’s role with a lease, rejecting common sense requests to coordinate on projections with new residential developments to plan for enrollment growth, year after year rejecting our requests to fix school roofs (a massive fiscal crisis due to cost escalation), skipping critical meetings, not replying to emails resulting in the Finance Subcommittee Chair to have to submit public record requests to get information, and the Mayor taking back school specific funding to address the administration’s fiscal mismanagement in water and sewer accounts.
I am confident that my background and experiences during the first years of our city government will continue to serve the community well, and seek continuous improvement in all I do. I pledge to draw on my record and contribute to the capable, professional, and transparent leadership Framingham deserves.
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