LETTER: Stephen Turner Announces His Candidacy For Wilmington School Committee

Dear Residents,

I am excited to announce my candidacy for the Wilmington School Committee!  With you, I hope to help build the future of Wilmington Public Schools.

I am a long time resident of Wilmington, have two children in the Wilmington Public Schools (Kyra at the high school and Joshua at the middle school), and my wife (Leica) is a teacher in a nearby town.  I am active in the town – including participating at annual town meetings.  Throughout my professional career in the software industry, I have developed the skill to keep big picture goals in mind while diving deeply into the details of budgets, policies, contracts, etc.  I believe that my experience in finance and accounting, negotiating customer contracts, and business administration will benefit the School Committee and add to its diverse group of skills.

I strongly believe that high quality public education is critical to our democracy.  Public schools exist for the public good and benefit everyone in the community.  They are here to prepare our children to take their place as productive and respectful citizens in our society.  They also are a place for people of the town to come together and build the connections of our community (at high school sporting events, high school and middle school arts and performing arts events, etc.).

Over the last two years, our district administration led by Dr. Brand, school administrators, teachers, the School Committee, and community have worked diligently and tirelessly to ensure the health and safety of the students.  These efforts have been incredible!  I would like to express my gratitude and appreciation to all of those groups.  Many of the ideas for improvement, as illustrated by the four main goals of the WPS 2019-2022 Strategic Plan, have been on hold due to the focus on the pandemic.  Now is the time for us to return to those strategic plans and move our district forward.

The current team on the School Committee is an excellent group who has volunteered their time and energy to help our community.  I believe that my skills complement the existing group and I would be proud to be part of this group.

Please consider me for one of your school committee votes on April 23, 2022.  I would appreciate your vote and would be honored to serve on the Wilmington School Committee.

To learn more about me, please visit https://www.facebook.com/StephenTurnerSchoolCommittee/

Thank you!

Stephen Turner

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