Dear Residents of Wilmington,
It is with enthusiasm that I announce my candidacy for the Wilmington School Committee. I’m running for school committee because I want each child in Wilmington to get a great education, and I want to help our town continue to have schools where kids thrive. I also want to make sure that the concerns of parents and students are listened to and considered in all educational decisions made by the school committee. I believe that schools are not just places where kids learn, but also one of the cornerstones of our community. Schools are where lifelong friendships are formed and where not just academics but values are modeled and learned. Great schools go hand-in-hand with a great town. I believe that my background and experience will allow me to contribute to the work of the school committee.
I have three daughters – Eleanor (5th grade), Vivian (3rd grade) and Catherine (kindergarten) – all of whom attend Wilmington schools. I come from a family of educators. My brother is a 5th grade teacher and my mother worked for 30 years as a high school special education team leader. I taught for The Princeton Review for 16 years, teaching and tutoring students in math, reading, and testing strategies, as well as training new teachers.
Since 2011, I have worked at the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and have developed expertise in assessment, accountability, the Massachusetts curriculum frameworks, and other state and federal education initiatives that affect the Wilmington public schools. Being immersed in education policy every day led to my wanting to know more about the details of how my own district operated, so two years ago I started going to school committee meetings. Over these past two years I have attended most of the meetings and have become very familiar with how the school district operates and the job the school committee performs. Most recently, I served as a PAC representative on the superintendent search screening committee, and worked with the other committee members to interview superintendent candidates and select finalists for the school’s committee’s consideration.
To learn more about me, please visit facebook.com/DavidRagsdaleForWilmingtonSchoolCommittee.
Please consider me for one of your school committee votes on April 28. I would appreciate your vote and would be honored to represent the residents of Wilmington on the school committee and work to ensure that every Wilmington student is prepared academically and socially for success.
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