[Ed note: What follows is a statement authored by Gerald Capra who is running for a seat on the K-8 School Committee. If you’re running for a town office this year and would like to post a statement on My Southborough, drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org. Town elections are on Monday, May 14. You can find a list of candidates here.]
My name is Gerald Capra and I’m running for K-8 School Committee. I’m running for this position because I care deeply about our children’s future, and I believe that a quality education is the key to their hopes and dreams.
I’ve lived on Strawberry Hill Road for almost 16 years. I have two children in the Southborough schools. One is a student at Neary, and the other at Trottier. Since I’ve lived in Southborough, I’ve volunteered as a Cub Scout Den leader, soccer coach, and basketball coach. For many years I served on the Board of Directors for the Southborough Extended Day Program. I spent three of those years as its Treasurer.
I grew up in a family that prized education. My father would speak to me as a child about education, coming from the perspective of physician and veteran. He said “there is nothing more important than education. You can have your money and possessions taken away. But they can never take away your education”. Those words have stayed with me all of my life.
The residents of Southborough should be proud of our excellent schools. We have high achievement, strong leadership, and modern facilities. In every excellent system, however, there are areas of weakness and opportunities for improvement. Let’s work together to identify areas for improvement, and do this in a productive and responsible way.
We are a prosperous town. We need to recognize, however, that there are many families and senior citizens who are struggling. Job losses and low income growth have taken their toll. For many people, these are some of the most difficult times of their lives. We must take measures to be certain that we remain a cost effective school system in the future.
I will work with members of the school committee, the school administration, as well as other town departments and officials in a results oriented, respectful manner. I will attempt to resolve any issues or disagreements in a way that speaks positively of our town.
I will be an advocate for the town of Southborough and its schools. We have a high achieving, cost effective school system with excellent leadership. We should be proud of our system, and grateful for what we have.
If you think that I’m worthy for this position, I hope you will vote for me. You can be certain that I will be a strong proponent for our high achieving school system, and our residents, who deserve the best for their hard earned dollars.