CANDIDATE ANNOUNCEMENT: Wilmington School Committee Member MJ Byrnes Announces Re-Election Bid

Dear Wilmington Community,

It is with great enthusiasm that I announce my candidacy for re-election to Wilmington’s School Committee. It has been a great honor and privilege to serve our community in this role for the past 6 years.  I hope that I may continue to do so and respectfully ask for your vote in our Town election on April 28th.

During this time, we have experienced wonderful as well as challenging times with recent transitions in leadership for our school community. Our administration, staff, and parents have demonstrated amazing resiliency, perseverance, and dedication to ensure that our children are supported and continue to learn and achieve. I am grateful to have contributed by growing and broadening my service as a School Committee member.

During my term, I’ve had the honor to be Wilmington’s delegate at the annual Massachusetts Association of School Committees Delegate Assembly.  This crucial role gives our community a voice at the state level as this association urges our state legislators to focus on the urgent needs facing public schools today.  In addition to serving on the School Committee’s Policy and Wellness Committees and multiple Collective Bargaining Teams, I have been honored to serve as the School Committee’s legislative representative.  In this important role, I have built relationships with our community’s state leaders and fought for the issues that impact our schools.  Among these have been full funding of the Special Education Circuit Breaker (a program that offsets Out of District tuitions) and appropriate funding of our school system’s Foundation Budget, with support from Chapter 70 (the major program for state aid to local schools).  I have advocated for Wilmington to obtain level funding of these critical state funding sources because, like many parents, I know they will allow our District to continue to create and support the necessary school initiatives that the School Committee has championed.

During my term, we have made significant progress together.  But, the work on behalf of our students and district is far from being done. As our school district continues to evolve and grow, student achievement, “closing the gap” and social- emotional initiatives must remain at the forefront of our actions and goals. Together, we also must do all we can to ensure that all students meet their true potential in a safe and secure learning environment. We need to continue to offer rigorous educational programming and hands-on learning opportunities to our students to prepare them to be college and career ready.

With your support, I look forward to continuing our collaborative work to meet the concerns of our community and the needs of our students and schools. If re-elected, I will continue to offer and encourage solutions as we continue to grow and transition in this district. I will continue to work diligently and tirelessly to ensure the success of our district and will not stop my strong support of our children, teachers, parents, and taxpayers.

I am truly grateful to have earned your trust, and hope you will agree that I have served you with dedication and have maintained integrity in the process.  I couldn’t have entered this service without the support of my husband, Joe, and my children, Conor & Erika. I am grateful for their encouragement as I follow this passion to serve our community.  I hope that my commitment to my family and our community’s students will earn your vote in our Town election on April 28th. Thank you!

Sincerely,

Mary Jane (MJ) Byrnes

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