LETTER: David Ragsdale Announces His Candidacy For Re-Election To The Wilmington School Committee

Dear Wilmington residents and families,

I am pleased to announce that I am running for a second term on the Wilmington school committee. For those who don’t know me, I’m a husband and dad with three girls in the Wilmington Public Schools — a third grader, sixth grader, and eighth grader. I taught classes, tutored students, wrote course content, and trained teachers for 16 years at The Princeton Review. For the last 10 years I have worked at the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE).

Reflecting on the past three years, here are four things I have tried to do as a member of the school committee.

1) Learn as much as possible about the district. When I started on the committee in 2018 I was amazed at how much I needed to learn, even though I had a background in education policy, and even though I had been attending school committee meetings regularly for the previous two years. Every week I learned something new about how the district worked and how our schools worked. The learning curve is not as steep for me now, but a school system is a complex enterprise and education is a vast subject. To be a school committee member is to be a constant learner, just like our students.

2) Prepare well for meetings, ask thoughtful questions, and ask questions to which the community wants to hear answers.

3) Serve with passion and commitment. Serving on the school committee is a lot of work, especially during this pandemic year, and I don’t think I could do it well it if I were not passionate about our schools and our kids.

4) Act, speak, and vote in a way that represents the interests of all children in Wilmington and makes their success the highest priority.

As we begin to return students to full-time in-person school, and make plans for a full reopening in the fall, I hope that I will have the opportunity to give these next three years my energy, my dedication, and my commitment to the students of Wilmington. I respectfully ask for your vote on April 24.

Sincerely,

David Ragsdale

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