My name is David Sexton and I’m running for the Westfield Board of Education.

As a husband and a father and a homeowner, I’m often in a position where I need to work with my wife to make sound financial decisions for our family. We’re like a lot other people I think. We try to do our best we can with the resources we have. We don’t overspend. We save for the future.

So the question comes up each week, each month, each year – can we afford it? The “it” might be something necessary for our home or something needed for our kids or something fun for our family. We have to look at the budget and decide.

Sign Up for E-News

I don’t think I need to say that this is not an easy process. I think I can say that when we budget well, it begins with good communications. Do we need to do this now? Is there another way to accomplish the same thing? Do we already have something that will answer the need?

Inevitably, if we take the time to think and communicate, we find the right decision. Sometimes we even manage to make something that did not seem feasible work.

I’ve found the same process works in business where the numbers can be a lot bigger. In my experience, good communications and a fair exchange of ideas lead to good financial decisions. I believe the same budgeting process can work for the schools.

I’ll work hard as a school board member to understand the needs of our schools. I’ll keep a careful watch to make sure we’re talking and thinking through all the options before we say “yes” or “no” to a decision that carries financial implications. I will work hard to act responsibly with the resources available for our schools.

I’ve said this before, but I think it’s worth repeating. Making our schools better doesn’t necessarily have to be more expensive, but it does require active planning and good choices.

I hope you’ll vote for me, David Sexton, on November 4th for the Westfield Board of Education.