A week before the deadline, a second candidate has pulled papers in the race for K-8 School Committee. Strawberry Hill resident Gerald V. Capra pulled nomination papers this morning, according to records from the Town Clerk.
Capra attended the K-8 School Committee meeting on Wednesday to voice his support for the schools. The Metrowest Daily News captured his comments after sitting through a presentation on the district’s academic performance, which has come under fire lately.
“This is probably the easiest thing you’ve worked on all year,” Strawberry Hill Road resident Gerald Capra told the committee of its defense of the district.
Capra said he went through all the data he could find and it all pointed to a healthy district that, while experiencing some problems in math, is graduating some of the most well-educated young people in the state.
“I was so bothered when I saw that one metric placed up in the newspaper, and some person in this town saying this school system has failed,” Capra said, referring to a recent Daily News article in which Selectmen Vice Chairman John Rooney presented some concerns about MCAS growth data.
Capra joins incumbent Marybeth Strickland who pulled papers earlier this month. Both have until Monday, March 26 to collect signatures and file with the Town Clerk in order to be listed on the May ballot.
There are two spots open on the K-8 School Committee, so even if Strickland and Capra both complete their paperwork, the race will still not be contested. Incumbent Susan Dargan said earlier this year she does not plan to run for reelection.
At this point, the only potentially contested race is that for selectman. Earlier this week, Leo F. Bartolini Jr. pulled papers to challenge incumbent Bill Boland for a seat on the board.