NOTE: The following press release was sent to both the Melrose Free Press and the Melrose Weekly News for print in the editions for the week of November 9, 2015.
On Tuesday, November 3, 2015, the voters spoke. I am so very honored to have been elected to School Committee.
I want to thank Jaime McAllister-Grande for her passion and dedication to the education of our children. I want to congratulate Ed O’Connell for his election to the School Committee, and Margaret Driscoll for her re-election.
I also want to thank all who helped me with my campaign- I could not have succeeded without you, and in turn, without the confidence of the voters. I’m humbled.
The path forward has challenges and opportunities. We face a school system with aged buildings, a growing student population and various infrastructure needs, including technology, and we have a finite budget to manage these needs. Indeed, the challenges are great, but with challenges come opportunities for growth and improvement. I am excited for what the future holds.
Abraham Lincoln said, “Public sentiment is everything. With public sentiment, nothing can fail. Without it, nothing can succeed.” While I have hit the ground running, I ask your patience and support as I grow into my new position. During my campaign, I learned by listening to you, be it on your doorstep, in your homes or wherever we met. I will continue to listen and learn. With your continued support, we can and will succeed.