Although the Westfield School District provides a high quality education for our town’s students, it still faces a number of challenges. Only a few weeks ago, an anti-Semitic hate symbol was found at the Westfield High School. Disturbingly, this is a reoccurring problem, having happened last year at the Edison School. School safety is also of great concern, particularly given the June arrest of a man on weapons charges on the Tamaques Elementary School grounds.
And, there is the ever-present issue of kindergarten in Westfield as well.
Given these issues – and the numerous other matters addressed by our school board that are not current topics of conversation – we need to elect someone with strong character and integrity. That is why I hope you join me in voting for Justin Fahey on the school board this year. I’ve known Justin for a few years know first through coaching softball in town and then generally. He has always stood out as someone with honesty and integrity – a real straight shooter. He operates with a strong sense of fairness and instills such values when he coaches. His concern for our town’s children is real and manifest in each interaction with them.
Justin Fahey is an honest, thoughtful person, and he will bring a helpful focus to the board’s work. He has prior experience in government, and a Master's in Public Administration, which will no doubt be useful in this role. Moreover, at a time when most candidates run campaigns devoid of ideas, he has had the courage to put forth proposals to address these issues – such as adding school resource officers in all our schools to help address safety concerns, improving teacher training on safety, and developing a “see something, say something” campaign so that everyone can play a role in making the school safe. I also trust his judgment on improving our schools’ curriculum and addressing anti-Semitic speech in our schools.
This November 5th, I hope you join me in voting for Justin Fahey.