Rich Simmarano for School Committee 2020

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 I grew up in West Boylston and went to school here, playing on the track & field and football teams and participating in school productions and chorus.

I served 8 years in the Army National Guard and studied criminal justice. After working for Fallon Clinic for 13 years, I am currently an independent IT contractor for Comcast and other various communications companies.

I have been active in local affairs for nearly twenty years, including Town wide planning board, WBPA and PEG coordinator, Cable Advisory Board, Superintendent of Schools search committee,  and hosted local show “Community Matters”, interviewing town officials and local people about who they are and what they do for West Boylston.

I have built a good relationship with the superintendent and have worked well with the two previous town administrators.

West Boylston is a great town but we can do better. We should always strive to do better – as individuals, as a town, and as elected officials.

The issues I believe need to be addressed in an open, transparent, and honest way, to find solutions to root problems, so West Boylston’s school system can reach its full potential are as follows.

> Strengthen our curriculum and re-asses school choice
> Bring back trade classes
> Provide detailed budget analysis and cost effective budgets
> Give parents more ways to participate and be heard
> Work with the town to fix fields and improve grounds
> No new school at this time

We deserve better than the trends that put property values at risk, such as 18 years of declining student populations (from 1,179 in 2002-03 to 890 in school year 2018-19). Strengthening our curriculum can help reverse that trend, but issues must be dealt with openly and honestly, however tough the task might be at times.  

The heart of my platform is transparency, communication, and resolve; and I expect you to hold me accountable to my words and actions.

I believe in transparency because you deserve to be informed, not spun. Unbiased, documented information coupled with common sense is the foundation of lasting solutions. There needs to be better communication between boards and committees, from them to citizens, and a better job at presenting town interests to our state representatives and other authorities. We need to have the resolve to accomplish, not just discuss or accept the status quo. What is right is right.

As Vince Lombardi said, “perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection, we can catch excellence.”

I humbly and respectfully ask for your vote June 2nd, so, together, we can catch excellence.