It is with great enthusiasm and energy that I announce my candidacy for re-election to the Hull School Committee. I have been an active member of the Hull community for many years, as I strongly believe it is important to give back to the community that has generously given so much to me.
For the last 21 years, I have held elected positions in town; for nine years I was a member of the Planning Board and for the last 12 years, I have had the privilege to serve as a member of the School Committee.
I am proud to say that I was raised in Hull, attended the Hull Public Schools and graduated from Hull High School in 1979. After high school, I attended Northeastern University, where I earned a bachelor of science degree in 1984 and then a master’s of public administration degree in 1998. My professional experience includes 20 years working in higher education administration and 18 years in public school education, in both the Hull and Easton public schools. I currently serve as the director of school operations in Easton, where I oversee school maintenance, transportation, school construction and renovation, and procurement of goods and services. I have earned a Massachusetts educator’s certification as a school business manager and as a superintendent.
Currently, the Hull Public Schools face various challenges, which include decreasing enrollment and local funding, increased mandates from the state and federal government, and an increase in the social and emotional needs of our students due to the pandemic. I am uniquely equipped, through my professional experience and time on the Hull School Committee, to confront these challenges head-on.
In order to address some of these challenges, I will work to increase the school committee’s oversight of our facilities to ensure the taxpayers’ investment is maximized. Acknowledging the decreasing enrollment, I will continue to examine the findings from the Massachusetts Association or Regional Schools Consulting Group (MARS) Best Educational Use of School Facilities report as well as the data the Best Use of School Facilities data the ad hoc committee is gathering. My professional background, paired with the insights shared from the community during this process, has equipped me with the knowledge I need to actively contribute to the school consolidation decisions.
I will continue to advocate for our students, teachers, and staff. We have incredible teachers who are committed to the students in our district. It is important that school committee members maintain a strong relationship with other elected officials and the town manager. To continue our recent success in the classroom, we need to ensure that everyone is working together and making decisions that are in the best interest of our students.
I am proud of what my fellow committee members, working with the Hull Public Schools administrators and teachers, have accomplished during my 12-year tenure on the School Committee. Therefore, I ask that at the annual election on Monday, May 16, that you cast one of your votes for me, David Twombly, for the Hull School Committee.