Robey to preside over Massachusetts Association of School Committees in 2010


Marlborough – Next month the President’s Gavel for the Massachusetts Association of School Committees (MASC) will be handed to Kathleen Robey, Vice President of the Marlborough School Committee. Accepting the nomination at the 45th annual MASC conference in November, Robey reminded the committee of their obligation to advocate for strong public schools, especially in the current economic climate.

Roby has a long relationship with MASC, working closely with the nonprofit organization in both past leadership roles as vice president and as a local school committee member. The organization represents more than 2,100 Massachusetts school committee members in over 330 local regional school districts, providing members with training programs, policy development, administrator search assistance, advocacy and legal support.

“MASC is a memberdriven association whose mission is to support Massachusetts school leaders in their increasingly complex governance role,” Robey said

Through a wide range of programs the MASC is an information clearinghouse, she explained.

“They provide important guidance and expertise to its members and serves to communicate the school committee perspective to government leaders, the media, administrative agencies and other education-related associations,” Robey said. .

Top on her priorities going into 2010 is continuing to lobby legislators to pass the current education bill on the table as well as bringing in new reforms bills.

“We are lucky to have a positive working relationship with the chairs of both the House and Senate Education Committees,” Robey said. “As president, I along with other board members, will continue to give testimony at hearings and lobby legislators as bills come up for votes.”

Sitting at the at the table with the Lt. Governor on the Local Governance Ad- visory Committee Robey, along with her fellow MASC members, will offer comment and testimony as they tackle more of the hundreds of other education bills.

Looking to the future, she said that some of the organization’s other challenges are going to be getting the legislature to have an adequacy study done to determine the true cost of providing an appropriate education for all students.

“Having the foundation budget adjusted to meet those costs, and, with or without the adequacy study, ensuring that all districts receive suffi cient funds so that they can operate at or above foundation budget,” Robey said.

Eager to take on her responsibilities at MASC, Robey will continue to serve on the Marlborough School Committee.

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