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Election Connection

October 31, 2013

Budget process, long-term goals among Cole's priorities

Editor’s note: As part of our ongoing coverage of the Nov. 5 general election, we asked the candidates for School Committee to answer a questionnaire and provide a synopsis of his or her platform and reason for running.

Today, we share the responses of Steven P. Cole.

Five candidates are running for three open seats on the School Committee. School Committee members serve a four-year term, and there are seven members on the board. The mayor is the chairperson of the committee.

School Committee members receive an annual stipend of $2,500.

Candidate’s statement:

I am an alumnus of the Newburyport school district — the only one currently seated on the School Committee — and bring valuable historical, institutional and relational knowledge to your School Committee.

I am steadfastly committed to working in partnership, and within a true exchange of purpose that parents share with the schools. I am humbled and honored to have the opportunity to serve our community as entrusted by your vote to ensure the objective that our children and students of Newburyport have the best education possible.

I have the knowledge, skills and experience gained from more than 25 years of working with and providing services to children and students in out-of-district placement providers, including being the program’s public school liaison. This experience, combined with learning and development I have gained as a certified state quality award examiner through the study of world-class school districts, has provided me with an understanding of what a district must reach to succeed.

In conjunction with school administration, there are five objectives that School Committees should focus on and endeavor to attain: safe schools, highest student achievement, recruiting and retaining the best staff, operational effectiveness of school buildings and ensuring that as much of each educational dollar makes it into the classroom to directly impact student learning.

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