Grace Maneri answered several interview questions regarding her intentions to campaign as a write-in MU Regional School Committee candidate. The questions asked by Uptondaily are bolded, the answers provided by Grace Maneri are directly below.
What inspired you to run as a write-in candidate?
The fact that no residents volunteered for this important position was my impetus for running a write in campaign. I have a very thorough understanding of the complex issues facing education today, and I am eager to put it to use to help MURSD achieve its goals.
Is there anything in the schools you want to change?
There are many changes already being mandated by the state. My intent is to help MU adhere to these mandates while also retaining a system that is reflective of its residents and their priorities.
Do you have children and do they attend the MURSD?
My husband Michael and I have two children. Our son Mike is a student at New England Institute of Technology, in RI; our daughter Samantha is a junior at Nipmuc.
How long have you lived in Upton?
We moved to Upton right before our son was born, 21 years ago.
What are your qualifications?
- Parent and Upton resident who has spent the last 15 or so years talking with other parents on sidelines, at band concerts, at school social and academic meetings, and in the community at large.
- Public school high school English teacher and department facilitator (chair)
- Deep, experience based understanding of classroom trends, parent concerns and, most importantly, student needs.
- Liaison between administration and teachers – build a cohesive team that enhances education and meets the challenging requirements of a complex system.
- Participated in extensive training in such current issues of education
- Licensed high school Assistant Principal and Principal
- M.Ed. in Organizational Management
- Placement Director for a Post-Secondary Technical School – knowledge of skills graduates need to be successful in the workforce
Director of Vocational Services for a not for profit, providing services to people with developmental and psychiatric disabilities – an appreciation for the complexities facing our districts related to Special Education Services