Candidate Profile – Northborough School Committee
Northborough – Northborough will be holding its Annual Town Election Monday, May 12. Incumbent Joan Frank and Susan Lawrence will be running for the two spots on the Northborough School Committee. The Community Advocate has asked the candidates to share, in their own words, a short bio and answers to three questions. Frank has not responded.
Susan Lawrence – My name is Susan Lawrence and I am on the ballot for the Northborough K-8 School Committee. My husband, I, and our two daughters moved to Northborough three years ago. I am currently a stay at home mom and we chose Northborough specifically for its schools reputation of excellence. The town has been very welcoming to our family and I see this as an opportunity to get involved in the community we have grown to love so much.
What specific career or personal experience in your past do you feel prepares you for this position and why?
I have a Bachelors of Arts from the University of Iowa in Communication Studies. My most recent position was as an accountant for Yale University. I am currently a member of the Methodist Preschool Board of Directors in Westborough and have enjoyed that experience. My prior experience in finance and working for an educational institution makes me an excellent candidate for this position.
If you could eliminate Proposition 2- ½ would you? Why or why not?
I would not eliminate Proposition 2-1/2. We should be able to work within our means without an extra burden to taxpayers with higher annual tax increases.
What do you think is the most significant problem facing your community? What do you think should be done short-term and long-term to change it?
I’d like to think that our town is doing an excellent job, but as with any community we can always strive to be better than we are now. Maintaining our close knit community values can be difficult while facing an ever changing political landscape and economic uncertainty on a domestic and global scale. We can work to prioritize our goals efficiently and effectively while continuing to assess their impact on the future of our community. We need to continue to strive for excellence and invest our energies and tax dollars appropriately to reflect that.
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