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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: My Campaign This Year Will Be Different

Scott Nassa announces his candidacy for Sudbury Public Schools Committee.

My name is Scott Nassa and I am very pleased to announce my candidacy for Sudbury Public School Committee (SPSC). As many of you know, I ran for school committee two years ago in a highly contested election. Before I discuss my reasons for entering the race and what I feel I could contribute as a member of SPSC, I would like to address some previous events that will undoubtedly come up.

During the last election, some communications took place that I deeply regret. I sent an email to a member of the school committee that was emotional and very negative. Unfortunately, my private email communication was then published town-wide. In my defense, while I had been attacked throughout the campaign, I never expected the animosity to extend to my family. As a proud husband and fiercely protective father of two young daughters, I was furious that anyone would involve them for their own political gain. I was most appalled when my wife and girls were harassed by a then L-S School Committee member in our church. I never expected to endure these attacks as a candidate for a volunteer position in our town. I simply wanted to run for SPSC as while my children had yet to begin their educational journey here, I believed I would have been an asset to the committee.

That being said I was guilty of being very naive about how contentious a local school committee election could be and take full responsibility for my actions and reactions. There was no excuse then and I have grown from that experience and vow to run a positive campaign firmly focused on what is good for Sudbury’s K-8 school system.

My campaign will be centered on how as a school committee member I will best represent the five critical stakeholders affected by the decisions of the Sudbury Public School Committee: Students, Parents, Taxpayers, Teachers and Administrators. Many parts of our school system work extremely well, but there is tremendous room for improvement. It is important each of these stakeholder groups feels they have a place at the table when it comes to critical decision making.

Students: Families move to Sudbury because they want to give their children access to one of the best school systems in the state. We need to give all students access to the most-qualified teachers, tools and experiences that we can.  As a parent of a present and future SPS student I understand that children are our most important stakeholders. Before every decision that I make, I will always consider how it will affect all of Sudbury’s students.

Parents: I feel this is an especially weak area we can work together to improve. Parents need to feel they have a school committee that works with them when issues arise. We need to be a school committee that is accessible, thoughtful, and compassionate, and align ourselves with the needs of our fellow citizens. Sadly, this has not been the experience of many this past year. I vow to every parent in Sudbury that I will work very hard toward major improvement.

Taxpayers: We are fortunate to live in a beautiful town with an excellent school system; however, I have a great deal of respect for people who work hard to live here and I will treat the budget and the millions of tax dollars that go into it with the utmost respect. We need to earn the trust of our citizens by asking hard questions about how our budget is managed, and always do so in an open, public manner. I believe most taxpayers are well aware that our school system is what sets us apart, but they want to feel reassured that its multi-million budget is not taken for granted.

Teachers: After their families, our teachers are often the most important part of our children’s daily lives. I would work hard to make sure their views are represented, and to make Sudbury Public Schools a place that the best teaching professionals choose to pursue their careers. I will assure those who care so much about our children are being rewarded with the most enriching atmosphere possible.

Administration: We need an efficient and well-run administration in order for our schools to thrive. I want to be a partner that helps administrative leaders, especially when difficult circumstances arise. I don’t think it’s enough to “voice support.” I want to be an SPSC member who shows up, rolls up their sleeves and helps identify positive solutions that serve all of our stakeholders well.

I believe it is important for the taxpayers to know that I truly have the best interests of the town in mind. I have faithfully attended many town meetings including the Board of Selectmen, Finance Committee, L-S School Committee, Zoning Board of Appeals and SPSC among others since I moved to town four years ago. The bottom line is I care about our community and our schools.

In summary, I want to assure you that I am not running for SPSC again for my personal agenda or to avenge a loss two years ago. I am running for SPSC to give people a voice. A voice that thinks this committee should and can represent the interests of the people who elected it. The current committee should be commended for their commitment to serve our town and more importantly our children. Holding a position on any town committee requires a significant amount of hours and hard work and for that, we should all be grateful.

But if you elect me to serve you, I promise that I will work to improve transparency, ask hard questions, listen openly to all concerns and hopefully make you feel that the interests of everyone in Sudbury are well represented. If elected, one of my first objectives is to implement my own personal monthly office hours. I will set aside a minimum of two hours every month where I will be at the SPS administrative building and be available to any and all who seek face-to-face communication. I will post these hours in advance through our local news sources and invite any member of the above stakeholders to come in a voice their concerns. I vow to handle each person’s concerns as if they are my own and help provide a response or solution to their concern within a 1-2 week time period.

In the meantime, I welcome any members of the key stakeholder groups to let me know your thoughts and ideas for improving SPSC. I am happy to keep conversations confidential, and know that I will learn from many differing viewpoints.

Respectfully,

Scott Nassa

36 Clark Lane

 

Christine Hogan February 27, 2013 at 11:24 AM
As someone who was seeking help and answers from the SPSC last year, I will be voting for Mr. Nassa at the upcoming election. Mr. Nassa does not have children who go to Noyes and was not affected by the events that transpired last Spring, yet he sought out answers from the the SPSC as well. He was at every meeting I attended last year, and asked appropriate, pertinent and caring questions of Dr. Wilson and the committee and has thus demonstrated he is the candidate we need representing us, our children and our teachers. In a world of uncertainty, Mr. Nassa is a sure thing.
barbara lettery February 27, 2013 at 12:17 PM
As members of Scott Nassa church, we will also cast our vote for him. He is a fine upstanding young man with a lovely family. We need more of his kind in our town.
Helen February 27, 2013 at 12:54 PM
I also will cast my vote for Scott Nassa. I find it appauling that his family was victimized by a former SPSC member.
JJoseph February 27, 2013 at 01:20 PM
I will be casting my vote for Scott Nassa as well. I had heard rumors about the chuch incident but I really could not believe it. It is amazing what the current "insiders" will do to keep power. I feel sorry you and your family had to go through the harrassment. Best of luck in your campaign. I am a big supporter.
Sudbury Voter February 27, 2013 at 01:24 PM
I think it is very refreshing to see a Sudbury office seeker who has actually thought about his "stakeholders" to this degree. Perhaps some of the other boards might take note and also give such careful consideration to their constituents. SPS has been run without balance, with far too much power given to the administration. The fact that Nassa even acknowledges that there are other equally important groups to involve is very reassuring. I will proudly vote Nassa.
John J Kohler February 27, 2013 at 02:09 PM
Scott, Thank you for running for SPS school committee. I think you will bring a fresh and different point of view to the school committee. I will be voting for you and wish you all the best in your campaign.
Rick Billig February 27, 2013 at 02:35 PM
I cannot get past the bias/discrimination he documented during his last run. In fact, should he sit on the Board and there is a human resource decision I think he will need to excuse himself or our community will be subject to potential legal issues. Since he documented his bias in writing, even if it was meant to be private, it will be exhibit number one in a human resource legal action. The EEOC can and does use private communications to demonstrate discriminatory behavior. Showing up to meetings and participating in the community is certainly a positive thing but putting our community at risk by electing someone who promotes discrimination is another thing all together.
Sudbury Voter February 27, 2013 at 03:05 PM
Mr. Billig: your well articulated concerns would carry far more weight if you showed any knowledge of events over the past year. The current SPSC is gravely guilty of horrendous HR actions, and had to hire law firms left and right to clean it up at the taxpayers expense. Further, he apologizes for his earlier actions in the letter - something that many big egos on Sudbury boards do not have the courage to do. I've read your comments, I'm surprised you wouldn't have respect for someone owning their mistakes. The other candidate was hand picked by the current SPSC - who frankly, is a dangerously passive group. Lastly, I would think far less of a man who did not get upset when his wife and little girls were attacked in church - and I bet deep down, you would too.
siobhan hullinger February 27, 2013 at 03:08 PM
This announcement letter is great. It encompasses all the stakeholders as well as addressing an issue head on. One of the best I have seen in a long time.
MMM February 27, 2013 at 03:27 PM
Mr Billing where have you been? Are you aware of the lawsuits that Anne Wilson has got us into? To be quite honest, if it was my spouse and children who were being harrassed, I would send a email too.
JJoseph February 27, 2013 at 03:41 PM
Rick, There are currently more HR issues in SPS than we have had in decades, yet you think Mr. Nassa is going to be the problem? The problem is already there, hopefully Mr. Nassa is part of the solution.
Sudbury Voter February 27, 2013 at 03:45 PM
And one more thing regarding stones and glass houses - I have it on good authority that The Billigs were responsible for distributing that email to many people throughout town. That's not exactly a fair, honest, and innocent thing to do, is it?
Robert G. Stein February 27, 2013 at 03:52 PM
Mr. Barach, please call me at 978-440-8485 if you did not file for bankruptcy and/or I would like to know the reasons. I think this is an important fact of your qualifications that you did not mention in your announcement letter if it is true.
Spirit of 01776 February 27, 2013 at 05:46 PM
Good letter that allayed many of my concerns. Stein once again makes it all about himself. Do Scott a favor and just quietly hold a sign for him rather than grandstand here. Your endorsement might not be what his candidacy needs.
bobby February 27, 2013 at 06:45 PM
Scott is unelectable, signed a young mother (obviously not approaching 50! -- perish the thought!), who is beautiful and also quite wealthy ;)
Rob February 27, 2013 at 07:46 PM
I think i just threw up in my mouth a little. Did you seriously just say you are rich and pretty and that's why people should take note of your opinions? What a horribly shallow and self serving thing to say on a public thread.
sudburycitizentoo February 27, 2013 at 10:20 PM
ONCE BITTEN TWICE SHY
MMM February 27, 2013 at 11:08 PM
you forgot your usual LOL! Moron
JJoseph February 27, 2013 at 11:12 PM
Rob, I hear you I was sick to my stomach when I heard an elected member of the LS school committee entered a place of worship to harass Mr. Nassa, his wife and his two young children. It certainly does leave a bad taste in one's mouth. Could not agree with you more. Very poor tast on behalf of those we elected. Time for new blood.
sudburyguy February 28, 2013 at 03:39 AM
Great letter, Scott. You have my vote. It is good to hear someone so honest about himself. Wish the other in this town were more like that. Too bad to that your detractors have brought this conversation into the gutter. take the high road Scott and thanks for running!
Sudbury Newbie February 28, 2013 at 12:15 PM
Scott, I'm new to town and don't know you. Besides this letter, how can I find out more or ask you questions?
MMM February 28, 2013 at 03:17 PM
www.scottnassa.com
Michael Troiano February 28, 2013 at 06:51 PM
I really appreciate the sincerity and the thought here, Scott, and it's been great getting to know you over the last few months. You have my vote as well.
Old Timer March 01, 2013 at 03:55 PM
I was on the fence about voting for Scott Nassa. After meeting Scott and getting to know him I am confident in him to be an asset to our school committee. I have a great deal of respect for anyone who can admit wrong doings and learn from them. That said, I will cast my vote for Scott Nassa! I encourage everyone to do the same.
Carol Rice March 01, 2013 at 04:09 PM
I know Scott as a man of integrity. A man who loves his children and wife very much. It is obvious whenever you see them out as a family. He made a mistake, he allowed some evil people get to him. However he answered for it, took responsibility for it! To me that says a great deal about his character. I will also vote for Scott Nassa
Andrew MacEntee March 01, 2013 at 04:17 PM
Scott, Few in Sudbury have attended as many Town and Comittee meetings and have your knowledge of the key issues. The Sudbury Public School committee needs some new blood - new ideas, new approaches, and a better respect for public input. The last thing we need is another individual handpicked by the school committee, likely to toe the line and vote down 15 minutes of public input on divisive topics. VOTE SCOTT NASSA
Sudburytoo March 01, 2013 at 04:59 PM
Scott, I admire someone who can admit when they make a mistake and hold themselves accountable and learn from it. You have my vote!! I wish others in town had the same integrity to admit fault and shortcomings. We all have them. Do not let the nasty Sudbury insider campaign get the best of you. They will be ugly as usual and step on anyone in their way. Best of luck.
Julia March 02, 2013 at 02:46 PM
If anyones wants to show their support for Scott and put up a sign, go to www.scottnassa.com.
nixonparent March 12, 2013 at 01:08 PM
Scott, As bad as the budget is, we need to address the following severe HR leadership issues: 1. Ineffective, withdrawn and selfish superintendent 2. A loser of of a principal at Haynes-she is completely useless. 3. A principal at Nixon who has lost complete control of her staff that now requires her to have a "mediator" work things out. 4. A principal at Noyes whose actions have created such a divide among staff and parents that there is no trust.
Julianne March 12, 2013 at 01:31 PM
I would like someone to do something about the inappropiate "relationship" that is still ongoing at Noyes. Annette Doyle and Anne Wilson know all about it, yet do nothing. It makes the parents & teachers uncomfortable. Most companies have strict policies regarding inter office relationships, why dont we?

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