Why They’re Running: School Committee Candidates

by | Jul 5, 2018

Anne Musella, 51, Democrat

As a driving force of the School Committee’s Transportation Subcommittee, I have helped the District spend approximately $600K less over the course of the current 3-year transportation contract. Our school district has additional opportunities for innovation and improvement in the areas of technology, differentiated learning, special education, and guidance, among others. As a member of the School Committee, I will continue to rigorously pursue innovative policy, together with effective implementation.

Lori McEwen, 49, Democratic incumbent

I think we’ve done good work. We had some unanticipated difficulties in the past couple of years and yet we’ve forged ahead. We’ve put a director of teaching and learning into our budget and we have posted for that and I ran on getting that. Putting teaching and learning at the forefront and remembering the importance of why we’re here is something I’ve been able to do as the only person on the board who’s a practicing educator. I’ve been able to do that – keep the focus where it belongs, on teaching and learning and keep pushing us forward in that direction. We’re a good, a very good system. We can be a great system with the right attention, the right priorities.

Alyson Powell, 42, Democrat

Like so many residents, my husband and I chose East Greenwich because of its commitment to public education and reputation for excellent schools.… As a member of the School Committee, I will join the ongoing effort to bring parents, teachers, administrators and community members together to fully fund our schools…. I believe that when our schools are strong, our community is strong.

Gene Quinn, 68, Democrat

I’m very disappointed with the way this Town Council has systematically underfunded the schools. They’ve done tremendous damage to the school system. I want to be part of the team that corrects that situation.

Susan Records, 66, unaffiliated

School safety is a high priority for me. Of course the budget is the most difficult part of the job. We also need to keep educational programs intact and we need a good working relationship with the town to accomplish our goals. My previous experience will help.* So much has changes in the past four years. Consolidation is a difficult process. I’ve been through it many times in my business life. *Records served on the School Committee from 2006 to 2014.

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