Superintendent of Schools, Margaret Dolan, Ed.D., and the Westfield Board of Education are the 2017 recipients of the Trustee’s Award from the Westfield Historical Society. Presented at the annual dinner of the Historical Society on May 12, the award recognizes the “Board’s notable contribution to the preservation of Westfield’s heritage.” For many years, the Board of Education’s administration building at 302 Elm Street has provided space for the Westfield Historical Society’s archives.
Upon receiving the award, Dr. Dolan remarked, “The Westfield Public Schools and the Historical Society have a lot in common. We both want to preserve and continue the tradition of excellence in this town.”
“I can attest to the fact that as educators in Westfield, we have relied on the Westfield Historical Society to enhance our students’ understanding of the town’s earliest beginnings,” explained Dr. Dolan.
“For decades, our teachers have brought students to the Historical Society offices as part of the social studies curriculum devoted to local and state history,” she added.
Dr. Dolan also noted that with the proximity of the archives on the third floor of the Board of Education administration building for many years, students and staff have perused through the stored documents in preparation of school anniversaries, facility studies, and various presentations, including the video created in 2016 entitled “The History of Westfield Public Schools.” (https://vimeo.com/179058828)
In addition to the presentation by the Westfield Historical Society whose dinner theme was “Education in the Community,” Dr. Dolan and the Board of Education received a resolution from the State of New Jersey Senate and General Assembly commending the preservation of Westfield’s heritage and for "demonstrating a remarkable measure of public spiritedness ... and record of service, leadership and commitment.”
Dr. Dolan pledged that the school district would continue to work hard to provide outstanding education in Westfield. “We strive to pave the way for our students to become responsible citizens in an ever-changing world, with an understanding and respect for the past,” she stated.
In closing, she remarked, “Thank you again to the Westfield Historical Society for acknowledging the strong and valuable partnership that we share. I am certain it will continue to thrive for many years to come.”