I am pleased to announce that I will be seeking a caucus nomination on January 7 for re-election to my School Committee seat for the balance of that three-year term.
As you may know, I had to resign my seat in August to accept employment as the Town’s School Age Child Care Director and was immediately re-appointed to the School Committee. As per our bylaws, there must now be a Special Election for me to serve out the rest of the term, which expires in March 2021.
I have been serving on the School Committee since 2015, including two years as secretary, one as vice-chair, and last year as the chairperson, and am currently working with the current chair, JoAnn Santiago to coordinate the search for a new Superintendent of Schools. My enthusiasm for the work has never been greater and I am excited to tackle that search, and this year’s budgeting process, with vigor.
The work of the committee over the past few years has been critically important. We have successfully shepherded four building additions from ideation to construction and now sit 18 months away from completing all four on-time and on budget, with almost unanimous Town Meeting and Town committee approval for all of them. In addition, we have strategically hired staff and administration for key roles, including a new Director of Counseling, a new Assistant Superintendent, and a new Director of Finance, and we have secured Finance Committee approval for our past four budgets with strong, positive, and transparent communication.
I am proud of that work, and also the fact that we continue to hold fast to principles that I fully embrace, such as not charging our families user fees, appreciating the need to foster equity, diversity, and inclusion in our schools, and working hard to develop relationships with other Town committees, boards, and leaders. Our schools are great because our Town is great and I take great pride in the values that Bedford holds dear.
Moving to Bedford in 2007, I would never have imagined that 12 years later my wife and I would be raising five children here and that I would become so involved with Town affairs. This year, with all five of our kids in the Bedford Public Schools, I feel as committed as ever before to support the work of providing Bedford’s 2700 students with a world-class education each and every day.
It would be my honor and privilege to continue to serve on School Committee, and I humbly ask for your support at the Caucus and at the Town Election on March 14. I look forward to seeing you at both.