School Committee Draws a Candidate

People intending to run for town offices will begin taking papers out Jan. 3. Already, a candidate has announced he will run for the School Committee.

Candidates for Milford town offices will begin taking out papers next week, but already, one person has announced his candidacy for the Milford School Committee.

Scott Harrison, 35, a senior vice president at , said he plans to run for a seat on the seven-member committee.

Incumbents whose seats expire in April are Loriann Baranauskas, now serving as chairwoman, Patrick Kennelly and Mike Walsh. Kennelly said Wednesday he does not plan to run again. Walsh indicated he will seek re-election. Baranauskas could not be reached to comment.

Harrison grew up in Milford and graduated from in 1995. He and his wife, Catherine (Davis) Harrison, live on Trinity Drive with their two children. Both children attend Milford Public Schools: his daughter at , his son at .

Harrison is running for public office for the first time. He said he had been thinking about it for some time, and felt this year was the right time.

The issues he is most interested in, he said, include communications between the school system and parents, impacts of demographic change on education and capital planning, including for new schools.

, for example, is "busting at the seams," he said.

"We put a lot of Band-Aid fixes in some of our schools."

Candidates for public office can begin taking out nomination papers on Jan. 3, according to the Milford Town Clerk's office. The municipal election is April 2.

Interested Resident March 27, 2012 at 05:52 PM
No, but they shouldn't be punished either. In truth the problem is not with the schools who cannot ethically involve themselves in these issues, but instead with the fact that ICE does not deport families promptly. Our school resources are strained, but more than that the children are harmed in immeasurable ways. When foreign born, illegal children are raised in USA, they are culturally American and end up with no rights, poor prospects and no real "home" country to return to. Everyone is punished.
milfordman March 27, 2012 at 05:55 PM
And just to be clear, total expenditures per pupil are nearly two-and-a-half times higher today than in 1970, after adjusting for inflation, while student achievement toward the end of high school has been flat or has even declined slightly (in science). You may be wondering: ”What did we get for that huge increase in spending?” The answer is: a lot more public school employees. The number of public school employees divided by the number of students enrolled. This ratio of staff to students has gone up by 70 percent since 1970, swelling the ranks of the public school employee unions to about 4.5 million people. And charter schools are famously non-union. Which is why you see teacher's unions leading the charge against charter schools and school choice generally. I'm not against spending money. I'm for results. Both the data and anecdotes like Carl's tell us that we are not getting the results we have a right to expect from an almost 250% increase in spending.
Mary MacDonald March 27, 2012 at 05:59 PM
I would agree with Milfordman here. My last neighborhood in Atlanta had a charter school that was so popular it turned to a lottery by its third year. People were moving in to my neighborhood to get within its boundaries. You want parents with young kids in city neighborhoods, which is where many of the charters are locating. And now many school systems are starting their own charter schools, because it gives them more flexibility with curriculum. I covered some amazing schools as a reporter that were charters. One taught Arabic. In Georgia. Imagine!
milfordman March 27, 2012 at 06:21 PM
There is a lot of innovation going on outside the constraints of the public school systems in charter schools, home schoolers, and web based instruction. Check out this fabulous website: khanacademy.org
carl berke March 28, 2012 at 07:20 PM
I disagree with the need or the conceptual goal of charter schools. This is a part of the trend by really insidous conservatives to undermine and dismantle the public schools. Conservatives do not think that an educated populace from that source is good for their constant war against progressive policies or democratic principles. They would prefer not to have what was produced in the late 19th and the 20th centuries which was 100's of millions of people educated in the basic tenets of participatory democracy. They have successfully misled people about the accomplishments and advances of public education. They would prefer what happens in upper class schools where elitism is bred. They have as an alternative, the charter schools, which has no distinguishing traits other than exclusivity. And they want to pay for it with taxpayer dollars. This is not only absurd, to not remedy whatever ills are perceived in a public system, but to throw it out as fit only for the non-elites. This country as well as other democracies are supported and grown by an early civic minded curricula that educates and promotes democratic ideas. That is not happening as well today because of many things, not the least of being neglect but also also due to a tremendous ignorance among those who are promoting elitism based on irrational principles, such as religion. To suggest that we abandon a public system is to actually destroy this republic.


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