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Setti Warren looks to reform education

Posted By Adam Goldstein On November 25, 2009 @ 3:45 am In News | Comments Disabled

Mayor-elect Setti Warren won a tight election on November 3 with help and support from students, and looks forward to instituting educational reforms in the upcoming year.

Warren hopes to improve the Newton Public School system by decreasing class sizes, increasing the environmental friendliness of the buildings, and devoting more hours to the professional development of teachers.

“We need to make sure we can find and keep the most qualified teachers in the classroom, he said.
In an attempt to protect the environment, Warren plans to institute a policy that increases the amount of reusable bottles used within the schools.

Warren also wants to ensure that the school buildings match the city’s high educational standards.
“[Some] buildings are deteriorating and are not conducive to learning, he said.

Given the budget restrictions in the city, Warren intends to find new ways in which to finance the city and education, such as creating partnerships with nonprofit organizations like Boston College, Mount Ida College, and Lasell College.

Other money-saving plans include taking an inventory of Newton’s municipal infrastructure, performing cost projections in all city departments, and allocating money accordingly to the schools. Warren intends to promote a budgeting approach that would comprehensively view the expenditures of all city departments and attempt to find spots in the city where money can be saved.

Several students made a difference by participating in Warren’s campaign, and Warren hopes to keep the student influence in his administration.

“Students had a huge impact during my campaign, Warren said, “and I am looking forward to weekly student contributions once I take off on January 1.

Senior and Warren campaign volunteer Ben Chesler recalls his jubilation when the mayoral election results came in. Chesler believes that student influence is what put Warren “over the top.

“Students got involved in the campaign and got excited about Warren and then went home and got their parents excited, Chesler said. ­“I am certain students changed at least 463 votes [the margin by which Warren won].

Warren believes that Newton’s most important task in the next few months is finding a new superintendent.

“We have to make sure the right superintendent leadership is hitting those marks, Warren said.
History teacher Rachel McNally feels the next superintendent should have a vision for Newton’s schools.

“The next superintendent must be someone who has the ability to cooperate with all of Newton’s constituents, McNally said.

School Committee Vice Chair and long-time Newton resident Claire Sokoloff believes that Newton can benefit from Warren’s responsible management skills.

“Setti Warren will be an excellent mayor [as he is] very knowledgeable, Sokoloff said.

Although sophomore Jaclyn Freshman did not follow all of the mayoral election, she is “hopeful that, after hearing some of the changes that Setti wants to make, that he would make them.

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[4] Warren in review: six months: http://www.denebolaonline.net/2010/06/10/warren-in-review-six-months/

[5] Mayoral candidates speak to the students of Newton South: http://www.denebolaonline.net/2009/05/13/mayoral-candidates-speak-to-the-students-of-newton-south/

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