Editor's Note: the following response was submitted by School Committee candidate Michael Walsh. It is edited only for grammar, punctuation and AP style. The Milford town election is Monday. Three School Committee seats are open in the election. Three candidates' names will appear on the ballot. A fourth candidate is conducting a write-in campaign.
Q: Why do you want to serve on the
A: To give back to a system that has given so much to my family. I have two grown children who went through the system that today are doing very well because of the education they received from the Milford Public Schools. Also to help all children get the same experience my children did.
Q: What is your experience, if any, in public office?
A: In public office only School Committee, but as you know I also sit on the and the Board of
Q: What qualifies you, personally or professionally, to serve on this committee?
A: My management background helps me understand and work on the budget, policy and any day-to-day management problems that come up.
Q: What is the most significant issue facing Milford schools? Please choose one, not several, and elaborate in your answer. Please also explain what you think should be done to address the issue.
A: Construction of the Woodland Elementary School happens to be my school this year so I have spent some time in it and truly don’t understand how we can educate children in open classrooms. The teachers have to plan their lessons together so you don’t have a noisy lesson going on next to a quiet lesson that needs to be taught in a quiet setting.
Q: How would you strengthen the statewide reputation of the Milford public school system?
A: Enhancing our curriculum, improving on MCAS scores, day-to-day leadership improvement and public relations.
Q: How long have you lived in Milford? Your occupation? Age?
A: I have lived in Milford 23 years. I’m the service manager at Imperial cars [in Mendon] and I can’t believe I’m 54 years old.
Q: If you have children, did they attend, or are they now attending, the Milford public schools?
A: As I stated earlier I have two grown children; one 28 and the other 23, and yes they both went K-6 at Milford Catholic, and then 7-12 in the Milford Public Schools.
Q: What would you do to strengthen the academic rigor of the schools, particularly Milford High School?
A: At the high school level, enhancing curriculum, day-to-day leadership and continue research on block scheduling or conventional periods.