LETTER: Former Wilmington School Committee Steve Bjork Endorses David Ragsdale For School Committee

Dear Editor,

I am writing to encourage my fellow Wilmington residents to join me in casting a vote for David Ragsdale for School Committee in this year’s annual town election.

I have had the honor of serving on that committee with David and I can say with firsthand knowledge that he is a crucial member of that body.  He has shown leadership qualities as well as the ability to work well within a committee setting.  Whenever the committee enters into debate on any given topic, he articulates a well-structured and persuasive position.

He consistently demonstrates his passion for the Wilmington school district and its students in words, but more importantly in actions.  He serves, and has served, on a myriad of subcommittees and working groups, such as the strategic plan committee, school start time committee, structured learning time committee, and many others.

His employment with the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has provided him with a tremendous background and insight of education policy.

I have found David to be of the highest moral fiber, committed to the work, and he has become an integral School Committee member; currently serving as Vice-Chair.

His commitment to this school district, incidentally, did not begin with an announcement to run for School Committee.  For at least a year-and-a-half prior to his decision to seek election, I don’t think he missed a single meeting.  He would sit in the audience (most of the time, he was the only member of the audience) every meeting and would offer public comment at every meeting.  His comments were always insightful, pertinent, and thought provoking.

I urge my friends and neighbors to help me return David Ragsdale for a second term to the Wilmington School Committee in the annual town election on April 24.

Sincerely,

Stephen Bjork

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