Framingham needs a new vision for the future. We need fresh ideas and energetic leadership. We need someone who can break with the mistakes of the past, escape old mindsets and carry our community forward into the future. We do not need more of the same. We need a new voice on the Board of Selectmen.
I offer a new vision for the future of Framingham.
I recognize our current economic difficulties. But I reject pessimism. We need to move our town forward with optimism and excitement.
At the center of my vision is a strong and vibrant school system. The current Vision Statement of the Board of Selectmen places “quality education” in the very last paragraph. I disagree. I want the Board of Selectmen to move “quality education” from the bottom to the top of the list of priorities!
I will strive to bring together the entire town, and all our varied assets, to enhance the schools. A well educated community is a community better prepared for the future.
As your Selectman, I will:
- Fight for the schools to prevent further educational decline
- Initiate a masterplan, Educating Framingham for the 21st Century
- Explore how to increase civic participation to generate new initiatives for economic revitalization
- Build a stronger town and regional voice in state government
First, I will honor the more than 2,400 citizens who signed a petition calling for level services budgets for the schools. I will not sit quietly while the appointed and governing bodies of the town erode public education. Over the past few years, our schools have lost teachers, social workers, guidance counselors, reading specialists, library services, technologies, entire academic programs, and after-school activities. Class sizes and parental fees are increasing. Our ability to ensure quality education for everybody, regardless of income, is under threat. We need new leadership on the Board of Selectmen to make certain that our schools reach for excellence rather than settle for mediocrity. The viability of our town in the 21st century requires nothing less!
Second, I will initiate a masterplan for public education that looks ahead ten years. The town has initiated numerous long-range plans. But we lack a coherent, unified vision for education. My proposed masterplan is called Educating Framingham for the 21st Century. This plan will reach out to all sectors of the community. The masterplan will allow us to boast to potential new businesses, homeowners, and residents that Framingham does not just "talk the educational talk." Rather, we will walk the walk! I can think of no better way to showcase our community than to claim that Framingham is a leader of public education in the commonwealth.
Third, I will initiate a study of civic participation and economic prosperityin Framingham. I want to pull together allmembers of the community into a grand conversation about our economic future. These town-hall conversations will have two goals. They will improve communication across the town so that everybody feels a vested interest in communal governance and in our future. And they will generate new ideas about economic redevelopment. Framingham is a multicultural community. I want to harness this diversity for greater prosperity.
Fourth, I will call for a review of how the town officially represents itself in state government. Framingham needs a strongerregional and state-wide voice, a stronger presence on Beacon Hill. I propose that the Board of Selectmen explore the creation of a regional bloc, called the Association of MetroWest Towns. This group will help us to better advocate for our needs in the halls of state government.
* Better Schools
* Better Civic Participation and Economic Revitalization
* Better Voice in Regional and State Government