6 of 8 committee seats contested

By Adam Goldstein
Published: October 2009

Six out of eight School Committee seats will be contested in this year’s upcoming election on November 3, the most in the Newton’s history.

Some members of the Newton community feel that this, along with the mayoral election and the interim superintendent, may be signs of city instability, though many remain optimistic.

Naomi Davidoff, a parent of two current and one former South student, remains “cautiously hopeful for the school system.

“The school system is one of Newton’s major assets, and I believe it is still strong, she said.
School Committee member and South parent Claire Sokoloff, whose seat is being contested this year, believes that there is a good balance in the School Committee.

According to Sokoloff, four of the nine seats, including that of the mayor’s, are being contested because of retirement and end-of-term related reasons.

“The new blood is very important, and the three other members whose seats are being contested should be re-elected to balance out the board, Sokoloff said.

English teacher and Newton resident Robert Jampol believes the number of seats being contested is a fluke.

“Turnover on the School Committee happens in cycles, and the large number of open seats [in] this election does not reveal anything fundamental about the Newton schools, Jampol said.

Jampol feels that Newton schools, although not perfect, will remain strong.

The call for change has many factors, according to Newton residents.

School Committee candidate Sue Flicop believes that the “North ordeal, a heavily debated city-wide issue, motivated several Newton residents to get involved in politics.

“The amount of change in the School Committee reflects the state of the current economy, Flicop said.

“With the large amount of money that was poured into North, it seems many residents of Newton want to get their ideas heard, Davidoff said.

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