Stephanie Pick: Serving on the Northampton School Committee

Published: 7/8/2021 9:38:59 AM

I was inspired to respond to the Gazette’s June 25 article, “Little interest in school board.” I can’t think of a more important way a community member can choose to devote their time.

What the Northampton Public School system offers this small city is beyond value, and we are fortunate to have the opportunity to support its mission. Our schools are filled with dedicated, professional, talented, engaged staff, teachers and administrators focused on the academic and social growth of our most precious assets, the youth of this community.

It may surprise you to know there is no particular experience or degree you need to serve in this office. It does require time and attention, an open mind, a willingness to engage with constituents, fellow board members, and school personnel to help steer the direction of the school system, to vote on challenging budgetary, curricular, contract, hiring, and policy decisions.

It is helpful for a board to have members with varied experiences that add breadth to perspectives and discussions.

It was my honor to serve as a School Committee member for 12 years that coincided with the time my two children were in the schools. It gave me a broader view of the work that went into their education and it was rewarding to contribute to the choices that affected them, their classmates, and their teachers. It was incredibly fulfilling to be so involved and to support my community in such a significant way. There are individual ward and at-large seats open.

You have until July 30 to take out papers and until Aug. 13 to submit your signatures. You only need to commit to a two-year term, but you may find, as I did, that it’s too rich an experience to leave that soon.

If you have the inclination, the time and ability, please consider letting our teachers and principals and students know that you are invested in the Northampton Public Schools and willing to serve as a School Committee member.

I look forward to reading about you when the paper profiles the candidates for this fall’s election.

Stephanie Pick


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