Dear Fellow Wilmington Residents and Families,
It is with great excitement and enthusiasm that I announce my candidacy for the Wilmington School Committee.
My wife, Ellen, and I have been Wilmington residents for the past nine years. When it came time to decide where we wanted to raise a family, we chose Wilmington, in large part, because of the town’s family-friendly community, but more importantly, because of the school system. I am the proud father of two sons: Adam, a second grader at the Woburn Street School, and Colin, who will begin Kindergarten in three years at the Wildwood School.
I have worked in higher education for the past 17 years as both a counselor and an administrator, directly assisting students and their families as they make the transition from high school to college. I’ve been fortunate enough to work with students from a wide variety of educational backgrounds. My years spent in education have also allowed me the opportunity to develop great relationships with school counselors from countless public, private and independent high schools across Massachusetts and New England.
Over the past few years, my focus has been on implementing a new system that, in part, increases the frequency and effectiveness of communication with students, their parents and/or guardians, and school counselors. Decisions are now more data-driven and student-focused, ensuring that their individual needs are being met. This drive for improved collaboration among families, school administration, and the entire Wilmington School community, is something I will bring to the school committee.
As the transition to five-day in-person learning begins, our focus now needs to shift to the monumental task of identifying, analyzing and creating a plan for making up the school time students have missed because of the pandemic. This is most certainly no small feat, and it will take stakeholders at all levels to make this a successful initiative. It has been said that it may take years to make up the time lost from not being in school five days a week. This needs to be a priority, and it’s one I hope to work closely on if elected to the School Committee.
For more information, please visit: https://www.facebook.com/JustinCusceforWilmingtonSchoolCommittee.
I respectfully ask for your consideration at the polls on April 24.
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