I am excited to announce that I am a candidate for Winchester School Committee. A life-long resident of Winchester, I am a graduate of Winchester High School and the father of two daughters currently thriving at Lincoln School. As both a student and a parent, I know how fortunate we are to have such talented educators and supportive citizens working together. Winchester schools prepared me well for higher education at Harvard (A.B.), Princeton (M.S.E.), and Tufts (Ph.D.) and, more importantly, for life beyond school. My family has been given so much, it is my turn to give back to the community.
At Lincoln School, I am an elected member of the school council as well as a co-chair for field day. In town, I am an elected member of Town Meeting. I also volunteer as the town-wide Girl Scout cookie coordinator. As an engineer, I bring an analytical approach to every decision. It is important that our elected officials carefully weigh all options before coming to a decision. More important than having all the answers is asking the right questions.
I support the appropriate and economical renovation of WHS to meet the growing student population and changing educational paradigms. It is crucial that the committee carefully considers all options. The residents of Winchester deserve detailed information on the financial and educational costs of each alternative.
I support curriculum-driven integration of technology. This means not just purchasing equipment for the classrooms, but rather planning the technology as an integrated part of the curriculum. We must be mindful, however, of the continued importance of personal interactions in classrooms which must never be replaced.
I support implementing an advanced learning program at every elementary school. All students deserve an opportunity to be taught at the appropriate level.
Finally, I support advocacy for the emotional education of our children. The over-testing of our children combined with the fierce competition for college admission has resulted in children who worry too much and play too little. We should explore all opportunities to help reduce stress in our children.
I am excited to continue my journey from student to parent to school council member to school committee member. I believe I bring honesty, objectivity, and continuity to the school committee. On Tuesday March 26th, I humbly ask for your vote.
Brian A. Vernaglia, Ph.D.
19 Sargent Rd.