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Brian A. Vernaglia for Winchester School Committee

I am a life-long resident of Winchester and a candidate for Winchester School Committee. On Tuesday March 26th, I humbly ask for your vote.

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.

 

Respectfully,

Brian A. Vernaglia, Ph.D.

19 Sargent Rd.

brianvernaglia@gmail.com

vernaglia.com

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truth34 March 01, 2013 at 02:22 AM
Regarding bringing "honesty, objectivity, and continuity to the school committee", let me remind everyone of your position during the redistricting process. On October 2nd of last year, proponents of alternative plans to redistricting presented several plans that had merit, were much more transparent than the map plans, and were considered fair by many of the residents who showed overwhelming support to them. Yet, you stood up in the public hearings and vehemently expressed your opposition to ALL alternatives to the map plan, without providing any rationale to your position, let alone an "objective" one. Where is the "honesty" in that? Perhaps your reasons for supporting map plans were based on personal considerations that you did not want to divulge? And you're not getting my vote for school committee on the basis of "continuity" either, as the current committee has shown a clear agenda that's focused on favoring certain areas in Winchester at the expense of others. How can we vote someone for the school committee that has not shown any honesty, objectivity, or creativity during last years's redistricting process, relegating himself to cheerleading from the sidelines?
Sox Fan March 01, 2013 at 04:15 PM
Many people say that Winchester schools are already the best. Why do you feel that an ALO program is necessary? Why do kids at the top of the class need a special program? Isn't that elitist?
OldTownie March 01, 2013 at 08:11 PM
Shouldn't each and every child be challenged in school? Should everybody strive to be average?
Sox Fan March 02, 2013 at 02:17 AM
With all due respect, I was hoping to hear from Mr. Vernaglia on this issue.
Karen Marnik March 02, 2013 at 01:12 PM
I can personally vouch for Brian's honesty, sincerity, and commitment to this important role. I also grew up here in Winchester (WHS Class of 1988) and have known him since that time. My own three children are now enrolled in the Winchester public schools. Our experience has been outstanding. Debating the issues is what it's all about. Let's remember that we all have the same goals - an outstanding education for our kids - and support those who are offering to volunteer their time to ensure it - no matter whom we vote for on March 26th. -Karen Marnik
techiemom March 07, 2013 at 02:45 AM
An ALO program is not elitist, it provides children with special needs the attention they need to thrive and reach their potential. We skimp on our future if we hold back gifted children because it's easier and more efficient to run a system for one size fits all. Some advanced children can not learn through the standard curriculum streamlined for the apex of the bell curve and need the right mix of flexibility, independence, guidance and to be with like-minded children in order to receive the same quality education that average students are granted. Some of these children are from privileged families and can go to private schools were the curriculum offers what they need, and other families can't fund private schools. Public schools should serve all types of students. Gifted does not mean privileged.

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