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October 30, 2013

Technology, SPED among priorities for School Committee candidates

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We need a long-term technology plan for integration in all subject areas. We need to continue our good work on adopting the Common Core and instituting the new state evaluation program for all teaching and administrative personnel.

If re-elected I will devote my time to making the Newburyport Public Schools the best they can be. I believe I can make a positive difference, and hope you will give me your vote on Nov. 5.

Age: 63

Years in Newburyport: 36

Family: two children, Ann and Matthew

Education: BA, University of Massachusetts, Amherst; M.Ed in reading, Salem State University

Employment: Retired from position of K-5 teacher and reading specialist at Hamilton-Wenham school district for 30 years. Former graduate school instructor at the University of New Hampshire and Endicott College

Public service experience: Four-year term on the Newburyport School Committee, two years as vice chairwoman; chair of Newburyport Superintendent Search Committee that successfully hired Susan Viccaro; Board of Directors of Newburyport Education Foundation

RAYMOND C. MATTHEWS

Candidate’s statement:

The purpose of the School Committee should not be to “micromanage” the operations of the schools within Newburyport. We have teachers, principals, school councils and a superintendent that are charged with this mission and are responsible to the committee in a variety of ways.

Rather, the committee’s job should be creating a framework for focusing on what is best for each student and the community at large. We must provide our students with the opportunity to achieve success, academically and personally, in order to build a generation of productive and responsible citizens. Furthermore, we must meet the diverse needs of our community, extend the opportunity for traditional and alternative education, and provide a safe, caring environment for every student.

Since more than 50 percent of our city budget is dedicated to ensuring the success of this community mission, are there areas in our current process that would benefit from increased emphasis? To that question I would respond with a resounding “YES.”

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