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As we approach the upcoming local town elections on March 3rd, it gives me tremendous pleasure to join the chorus of enthusiastic voices in support of Carla Nazzaro for a three-year term on the Reading School Committee. I am extremely impressed with Carla’s personal and professional qualifications which span several levels of her involvement in the Reading public schools. As a former assistant principal and educator in Reading for over thirty years, I am well aware of the importance of electing someone with Carla’s extraordinary competencies and a proven record of accomplishment.
With four children progressing through the Reading schools, Carla immersed herself in their educational activities and became a strong supporter of the policies and practices that benefit all students. In conversing with Carla and examining her goals as an elected SC member, it is evident that Carla has a clear vision for building on the strengths present in our schools and at the same time collaboratively addressing issues that require planning and policies that support all our students and teachers. Because of her impressive management and budgetary experience in the workplace, Carla’s exceptional interpersonal skills will result in a dialogue among all stakeholders that is welcoming, engaging, and accepting of diverse perspectives.
What distinguishes Carla from the other candidates is that she is the one candidate whose level of engagement has been most significant at the high school level. One of Carla’s campaign platforms is Policy, specifically “improvements to the bullying and harassment policy.” Her goal is to “help ensure that our students and teachers help to create an environment that supports learning.” Recently, Alex Newman’s article “Family Frustrated by ‘Systemic’ Bullying of Reading Teen” (Reading Patch, 2/11/2020) shared one family’s story of bullying. As School Committee member that students and teachers trust, Carla will assist and follow-through on whatever intervention steps are necessary to effect a positive outcome for all.
Based on the connections she has formed and the creative projects she has initiated at the high school, it is essential that Carla is elected to a three-year position on the School Committee. Carla’s presence as a member of the Reading School Committee will complement the skill-sets of the other members and bring a unifying perspective to students, parents, teachers, and administrators at all levels of the educational process. I strongly urge all Reading voters to join with me in casting your vote for the most deserving and most qualified candidate – Carla Nazzaro.