Belmont Schools will need a school committee with a diverse skill sets. To return to normal after the pandemic, elected leaders will need to be critical, and decisive. Bringing online the new schools and reconfiguring Chenery in the middle of a pandemic requires more planning and strategic oversight. I want to bring 21st century leadership to support 21st century education. We need more people on the school committee who consistently confront their own biases, ask the hard questions, and vet assumptions to make good decisions. Community trust is earned when we say what we will do and then get it done. The highest value that leaders bring is not their ability to identify obstacles, but how they move forward despite them. I want to build a can-do culture that celebrates taking risk, without minimizing our vision or delivery. Above all, we need to recognize that true innovations happens when we're ready to be uncomfortable, embrace risk-taking and integrate diverse ideas and people who may sometimes be at the margins.
Most companies and institutions endeavor to recruit diverse backgrounds and skills when creating their board to make sure that there is good representation of the constituents. The School Committee is the governing board for the schools. Diversity in experience on SC (representing education, business, academia) improves decision making. Diversity ensures that the voices of those that elected the members; that is, the entire town, are well represented. Currently, there is little diversity in the background and experience on the school committee and that has impacted the school opening plans and led to a significant erosion in public trust. As a leader, I integrate knowledge at the intersection of multiple scientific, financial and regulatory fields. It requires long range planning and management of the needs of multiple stakeholders. I do this by challenging dogma, vetting assumptions “to get to the truth”. I will bring the same level of discipline and rigor to the school committee decisions. My priority is to advocate for good quality education, listen to the various voices, collaborate with town governance in order to rebuild public trust.