[Ed note: On May 8th, residents will vote to appoint candidates to five contested seats on three important boards. To help you make that decision, I have invited each of them to submit a letter to readers.]
To the Editor:
I’m thrilled to write to you about my candidacy for School Committee. Thanks for the opportunity!
As I’ve been meeting with people around town over these last few weeks, I’ve been asked many times, “Why ARE you running for School Committee?” Most times people thank me for trying to get involved. Other times they wonder if I know what I’m getting myself into! But generally, people are honestly curious about why I want to be on the School Committee. So here’s what I say…
I’m running for School Committee because I believe that if Southborough’s citizens want to see improvements in our government, they need to step up and get involved — so that’s exactly what I’m doing. I believe in public education. Our schools are fantastic and I want to help keep them strong. But there are changes I’d like to see, and from talking with people in town, I know they are changes many of us want to see! I’m excited to bring a new perspective to the School Committee and to represent Southborough’s citizens, their concerns, and their goals for our schools.
I’ve lived in Southborough for 14+ years with my husband, Steve. I’m a mom of two girls, a 6th grader and a 3rd grader. I have my own business, J. Devine Creative, that helps companies with their communications through copywriting, social media management, and content marketing strategy. My community involvement includes:
- School library volunteer since 2011 and room parent several times
- Southborough Youth Soccer coach for four seasons
- Kindergroup alumna
- Working Moms of Southborough member
Why I’m running
I want to be on the School Committee for many reasons. Top priorities include increasing school safety, decreasing student stress, and improving school and School Committee communications. I also support initiatives such as foreign language education at the PK-5 level, creative technology integration, and later start times for middle and high school. I invite you to visit my website to learn about all my priorities in detail.
I am also very interested in delving into the school budget. Are we using funds wisely? Can we shift our spending around to provide more funds for high-priority projects? How can we obtain full reimbursement for busing and other promised state funds? Can we generate income in creative ways, such as corporate partnerships and grants? I look forward to answering these and other questions.
Why vote for me? What makes me different?
There are three candidates running for two spots on the School Committee. So… why pick me? Here are some reasons why I feel I am the right choice:
- I’ll represent your concerns and goals, not just my own. I know that the School Committee represents the public’s voice in education. It should be accessible to you and represent what the schools need and the community wants. Basically, as an elected committee member, I am supposed to actually represent you. I will take this privilege very seriously.
- I will make it easy for you to know what the School Committee is up to. Here’s where my background in communications really helps! It’s so hard for busy people to figure out what the School Committee is working on, so in the spirit of transparency, I’ll bring the info to you. I’ll put my years of blogging and social media experience to work and start my own blog that Southborough’s residents can actively participate in. I would also like to have more frequent public forums for people in town to engage with School Committee members.
- I have the flexibility and background this job needs. Being on the School Committee can be time consuming, so it will be helpful that I have my own business and a flexible schedule.
- I’m motivated! I really want to be on the Southborough School Committee. I have been working very hard since I announced my candidacy in mid-March, meeting with different groups around town, having conversations with people in government, and campaigning so people know my name and what I’m about. The hard work will continue if I’m elected! The idea of representing the people of our town and getting things done for our kids and schools inspires me, and I’m confident I’d do a great job.
Thanks again for the opportunity to tell people about my candidacy. I humbly ask for your vote and for the votes of the people of Southborough on May 8. Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions, and please visit my website to learn more about my priorities, my endorsements, and how to get involved with my campaign if you’d like to help.
Candidate for School Committee