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Candidate statements for 2017 Westborough School Committee elections

Here are statements for the candidates running for the 2017 School Committee elections.  Only two positions are open, making this a contested race.  The candidates are:

You may also find of interest this recording by Westborough TV for the Feb 26 “Meet the Candidates Night“, held at The Willows, and sponsored by the Westborough Town Democratic Committee.

Dave Crandall

Candidate for School Committee

Thank you to the residents of Westborough for allowing me to serve on the School Committee for the past 5 months. I am asking for your support and your vote on March 7th to continue on the School Committee. I am pleased to combine my professional experience managing complex organizations and multi-million dollar budgets with my love of Westborough.

My family and I moved to Westborough in May, 2007, and quickly became active in the community. Currently, I am a member of the Westborough 300th Celebration planning committee, coordinating our calendar of events. In 2010 I co-founded the Boroughs JCC, located on Oak Street. and for the past 7 years have sat on their executive board. I helped plan the curriculum, negotiated leases, managed the budget, managed staff, and provided oversight to a 100 child NAEYC accredited preschool. From 2009 to 2015 I managed the annual Taste of the Boroughs promoting local restaurants. I have also been involved with the SpringFest Kids’ Run, the Turkey Trot, Fales Family Fun Day, Mill Pond Colonial Day, and town soccer, football, and basketball.

Professionally, I am currently the Director of Enterprise Architecture for UMass Memorial Health Care. I recently stepped in to manage the technical strategy for all of the entities owned by UMass Health Care. I spent the last 18 years in technology managing engineers and product lines at Google, VeriSign and Lycos.com. I have experience managing teams ranging from 3 to 150 employees and budgets up to $140M. I also have an undergraduate degree from Carnegie Mellon and masters from Clark University.

My wife and I have three children, a 6th grader, a 4th grader, and a 5-year-old who will start kindergarten in 2017. I take pride in Westborough schools. The schools were the main driver for my family moving to Westborough as I have never considered private school. We couldn’t be happier with the decision, and I look forward to the opportunity to assist as part of the School Committee.

Please visit www.electcrandall.com for more information about my experience and commitments to the Westborough community.

Lisa Edinberg

Candidate for School Committee

Fellow Westborough Residents:

My name is Lisa Edinberg. I am a candidate for one of the two open seats for the Westborough School Committee. During these challenging times, it is imperative to make informed decisions regarding your vote in the Westborough Town Election on March 7th at the High School.

In looking forward to the next three years, I want to ensure that we maintain a quality education while evolving with the changing needs of our students.

  • Prioritize 21st century skills
  • Manage the impact of population growth
  • Ensure optimal class sizes
  • Foster lifelong learning
  • Support fine arts, athletics, and special needs programs

As a taxpayer, I understand the importance of balancing the needs of our schools, with the broader needs of our town, and our town budget.

In facing these challenges and objectives, I offer a unique perspective and set of experiences to the role of School Committee Member. I bring nine years of classroom teaching experience, eight of them in Westborough at Gibbons Middle School. I left teaching to attain my MBA Cum Laude from the F.W. Olin School of Business at Babson College with a focus on entrepreneurship. I founded a business strategy consulting firm for small and midsize businesses and ran a successful online sales business offering niche craft products to customers throughout the US.

In addition to my roles as an educator and entrepreneur, I have been actively involved in supporting our schools for nearly a decade. I have volunteered as a Math Olympiad Teacher in various grade levels for eight years. I am past president and current treasurer of the Westborough Education Foundation, raising funds for innovative teacher grants. I served four years on the School Council at Fales Elementary, and currently serve on Mill Pond’s School Council.

With your support, and your vote on March 7th, I hope to use my knowledge and experience to serve the children, faculty, staff, parents, and community of the Westborough Public Schools.

Thank you for your support, and your vote.

Lisa Edinberg
www.LisaEdinberg.com

Neil Feldman

Candidate for School Committee

My name is Neil Feldman and I am running for one of the open positions on the Westborough School Committee. My wife, Beth, and I joke that we are now in year 22 of a three-year plan to stay in Westborough. When we decided to stay in Massachusetts instead of moving back to California, we only looked at houses in Westborough, largely due to the excellent school system. From the time my son entered Westborough Public Schools thirteen years ago, I have been volunteering in various capacities. I have been a parent teacher in the elementary math enrichment program, a chaperone for many trips, and an active member of the Westborough Fine Arts Education Association, currently finishing my second year as president. My son is currently a first-year at the University of Virginia and my daughter is a sophomore at the high school.

My goals, if I am lucky enough to be elected to the School Committee, are to:

  • Preserve the excellent quality of education provided throughout all schools in the district
  • Look for creative ways the schools can support the Westborough community
  • Ensure we spend the funds that the town and state provide in ways that give us the most bang for the buck

I believe my background makes me highly qualified for a seat on the School Committee. I am currently an IT Director at Emerson College, so I have daily exposure to technology challenges in education and know how to solve them. I have managed multi-million dollar budgets and have over 15 years experience serving on the boards of several local non-profit organizations. I am also a consensus builder and am committed to ensuring that every child has the opportunity to excel in our school system.

I look forward to serving the town as a member of the Westborough School Committee and ask for your support to make this happen.

Thank you.

Neil Feldman

2015 WHS Fine Arts Gala Concert & Exhibition (and SILENT AUCTION!)

The 2015 Westborough High School Fine Arts Gala Concert and Exhibition

This event, sponsored by the Westborough Fine Arts Education Association, serves as a fundraiser to help fund district-wide programs and provide scholarships to graduating seniors.

This year’s Gala will be held on Thursday, April 30th at Westborough High School from 5:00 pm until approximately 9:30 pm.   The event will showcase the talents of over 500 students in Music, Theater, and Visual Arts.  Among the honors earned by Westboro ensembles this year are Gold and Silver ratings at the 2015 MICCA Festival and a Gold Key in the Scholastic Art Competition.

5:00-9:00 pm: Silent Auction! (ongoing). This year’s auction will also be available online beginning on April 23rd at the following link:

http://bit.ly/wfaea2015gala

The live auction will end after intermission of the concert.

Complimentary appetizers and desserts will be served.

5:30-7:30 pm: Visual Arts display in the upper auditorium lobby with small ensembles performing in the upper and lower auditorium lobbies.

7:30 pm: Concert in the auditorium featuring all performing ensembles, including bands, orchestras, choruses and small groups.

The WHS Choirs will be performing as the Choral Union presenting a piece titled Everyone Sang. This piece was commissioned by the WHS Choirs with a grant from the Westborough Cultural Council. The piece was written just for WHS Choirs by Boston-based composer, Dr. William Cutter, and the world premiere of the piece will happen during the Gala Concert. This is a rare and exciting opportunity for our students. I hope you come and support your student and hear the world premiere of Everyone Sang.

Due to assigned seating in the auditorium, as well as high demand for tickets, it is recommend that you reserve your seats in advance of this performance.  Please note that this event is not included as part of the Family Concert Pass series.

For further information, contact Mr. Martin at martinc@westboroughk12.org.

Parenting a teen? Or tween? Presentations available this week …

Two learning options this week to help support parents: a single talk this Thursday on teens, and a three-part series starts on Tuesdays for parents of “tweens and teens”.

Thu Mar 19: “Secret Life of Massachusetts Teen” with Jon Mattleman, MS

7:00 – 8:30 PM
Westborough High School Auditorium
Free Community Event- Adults Only

This Thursday, March 19, Westborough School District is hosting a this talk by Jon Mattleman, MS.

Do you wonder …

  • What teens are really thinking?
  • Why they don’t share their fears?
  • How we can better support teens?
  • How we can become better parents?

Parents will leave the workshop with…

  • Strategies they can implement immediately
  • New ways of understanding teens
  • Innovative techniques for engaging teens
  • Confidence, courage, and new language

Jon Mattleman has 30 years of experience as a mental health counselor and trainer. He has spoken to thousands of parents in schools, community groups, and religious organization. His style is humble, engaging, warm, respectful, humorous, accessible, and energetic.

http://jonmattleman.com/

Tue Mar 17: “Feeling Anxious – Need to Talk? Parenting our Teens”  (A Three-Part Tuesday Night Series for Parents)

6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Congregation B’nai Shalom Sanctuary
117 E. Main St, Westborough MA 01581
Bring your friends, all [parents] are welcome!

A three-part Tuesday night series for parents of tweens and teens.  Co-Sponsored by the School & Youth Committee, the Chai School and Yad B’Yad.

Tuesday, March 17 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Joani Geltman MSW, best-selling author of A Survival Guide To Parenting Teens, Talking To Your Kids About Sexting, Drinking Drugs, and Other Things That Freak You Out, has over 30 years of experience working with parents, children, schools and community groups.

Joani’s unique brand of “infotainment,” using humor, storytelling and sending parents home with a “goody bag” of helpful techniques will make this an informative and entertaining evening. Joani is a go-to media consultant for television, radio, and print. On and off-camera she provides the most up to date commentary on teen behavior and parenting strategies.

http://www.joanigeltman.com/

Tuesday, March 24 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Jennifer Segal, MEd, has been a high school guidance counselor for the last 10 years. A graduate of Westborough High School and an active member of Congregation B’nai Shalom, she understands where our teens are coming from! As a counselor in the Boston Public Schools she has worked to mentor, advocate for and support thousands of high school students throughout her tenure.

She has an understanding of the teenage experience and the stress and pressure that your children face each day. She will help you to shift your perspective regarding the challenges teenagers face, teach you how to best support your child and also make you aware of serious warning signs to look out for. As the mom to two young children, she looks forward to the years ahead when they can challenge her!

Tuesday, March 31 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Jill Smilow has been counseling high school juniors and seniors and their parents through the college process since 2006. Utilizing her listening and facilitation skills to help students and their parents understand the true meaning of “the right fit” has given her great joy and satisfaction over the years.

Jill is second generation Independent College Counselor, following her mother into the field nearly ten years ago. Jill is an Associate Member of the Independent Educational Consultant Association and counsels families throughout the greater Boston area. She currently serves as President of the METCO College Scholarship Fund of Lexington and has served on the Lexington High School Site Council for the past 4 years. She and husband Howard Brick are the proud parents of two college-aged young men, Jeremy and Eli.

Westborough School Committee

STEPHEN C. DORET, Chair (March 2016)

23 Mill Road
(508)366-5833 (home)
(508)264-3241 (cell)
doret1@earthlink.net


 

ILYSE LEVINE-KANJI, Vice Chair/Secretary (March 2017)

11 Rocklawn Road
Westborough, MA 01581
(508)870-9826 (home)
(508)574-9528 (cell)
ilyselevinekanji@gmail.com

 


 

JODY HENSLEY (March 2017)

39 Arch Street
(508)366-3821(home)
(508)725-5505(cell)
Jodyshens@aol.com

 


 

NICOLE SULLIVAN (March 2015)

29 Wayside Road
(508)836-5590 (work)
nicole@nds-law.com

 


 

THOMPSON, GEORGE (March 2016)

26 Crestview Drive
(508)366-1304 (work)

(508)736-0070 (cell)

gthompson@gthompsonlegal.com

 


Student Representative (for 2014-2015)

David Faulds
508-614-0564
davidf270@gmail.com

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