My second term on the Westfield School Board will be completed at the end of 2017 and I have decided not to run for another term.

My experience as a board member has been amazing. I have learned so much about the fine teachers, staff and administration that we are lucky enough to have in Westfield. They are all hard-working, dedicated people who are all here to serve our children.

I ran for my first term when my two kids were juniors in the high school. So many people asked me why I wanted to be on the board when my kids were almost done. The answer was simple. I felt like I had something to offer and I wanted to help continue the great tradition of Westfield schools. My only mistake was not getting involved much sooner than I did. Now, it’s your turn.

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My comments here are directed to the many young parents who live in town. Do not make the same mistake I made. Get involved now! I realize that the time commitment is considerable, but you will be helping to set policy for our district and you will be supporting the hundreds of staff who work here. You will also be setting the future path for more than 6,300 students.

Community service, in whatever form works for you, is so important in our town. The school board needs some young families to help shape our future. Please consider running for a board position in the November 2017 election. If you have questions about the boards role and the time involved, please feel free to write me at mbf61@comcast.net and I will be happy to speak with you.

Sincerely,

Mark Friedman

Westfield School Board