I first became involved in Belmont through volunteering in my children’s school. For the last eight years, I have demonstrated my commitment to education as a respected leader in the schools: as PTA president and on the boards of the Foundation for Belmont Education, the Chenery PTO, and the BASEC after-school collaborative. As Selectwoman, I would continue to strongly support the schools.
Belmont’s excellent school system doesn’t happen by accident. Parents, students, teachers and administrators work together to create a learning environment where children can thrive. We will need these strong partnerships to help us through major transitions over the next six years. My strong commitment to education will help us maintain a first-class school system for all Belmont children throughout construction and beyond.
I have followed the new school project from day one. As a communications leader for the 7-12 school campaign, I studied everything there was to know about the new school and the plans of the school department, and answered hundreds of questions asked by residents of all ages. From my vantage point as a Town Meeting Member and active citizen, I have become a necessary conduit of information for members of our community.
I know that the next few years will be challenging for everyone in town – families, town and school employees, residents, and neighbors. The 7-12 school is the largest capital project ever undertaken in our small town, and we need town leadership that works closely with the building committee and school department to plan for the needs of the entire community and bring residents into the process. I am uniquely qualified to serve as Selectwoman during this crucial period.
The school department has many decisions to make that primarily impact students and families – minimizing impact on teaching and learning, sustaining school programs despite inevitable disruptions, accommodating increasing enrollment, and planning for all K-12 transitions, to name a few.
At the same time, town departments and the Board of Selectmen will play a crucial role in the success of the project. From police and fire to community development and public works, coordination is key. Every department will face more work. Budgets will be stretched. We cannot abandon our responsibilities to deliver excellent town services for residents and business owners during the project.
As Selectwoman, I will help set the tone. I understand the needs of our schools and the challenges we face in the years ahead. To achieve our educational goals, we must share information, listen to each other, and collaborate. Generations of Belmont children have benefitted from an exemplary school system, and I am committed to ensuring that our schools continue to be a source of great pride.
“My strong commitment to education will help us maintain a first-class school system for all Belmont children.”
Key Experience in Education
- Burbank Elementary PTA Co-President
- Chenery PTO board member
- Foundation for Belmont Education board member
- Belmont After School Enrichment Collaborative board member
- Member of Town-Wide Safe Routes to School Committee
- Member of High School Traffic Working Group