The following is my closing statement from the debate on October 4th. (If you’re anything like me, you absorb information much better when you read it on your own. If not, I will be releasing the video shortly):
My name is Kaitlin Volpe, and I am a proud resident of Ward 3, residing on Shady Lane. Today, I stand before you as a concerned parent, a dedicated employee at HealthAlliance-Clinton hospital, and a candidate for the Leominster School Committee. I am a mother of two boys who are currently enrolled in the Leominster Public School system. My oldest son is in 6th grade at Samoset Middle School, and my youngest son is in 4th grade at Fall Brook Elementary.
While talking with other parents during this campaign, I quickly came to realize that my story is your story. My problems are your problems. My issues are your issues. I understand your struggles. My husband and I are both healthcare professionals and are both employed full-time. We know what it is like to work full-time and raise children. My oldest son had an IEP for reading and writing. My husband and I struggled with him. We fought for that IEP. We worked with the school officials to implement the required services. We worked with him on his homework and his strategies. Today I am happy to say that he has shown great improvement. As a member of the School Committee, I want to ensure that all parents enjoy these same successes with their children.
As a parent, I believe it is essential to have a voice in shaping what our students learn in school. My primary goal in running for the School Committee is to ensure that the school day is utilized effectively for core academics and enriching specials, rather than being consumed by social or political distractions. I also want to gain a deeper understanding of the inner workings of Leominster Public Schools. I want to witness firsthand how technology is improving, how standardized tests are prepared for, and how information is delivered to our students. Additionally, I aim to have a better grasp on budgeting and the everyday struggles faced by our schools. What sets me apart and qualifies me for this position is that I have “skin in the game.” The decisions made by the School Committee directly impact my family and I promise to make decisions based on what I believe is best for families like ours. Any decision can make a lasting impact on children’s lives and future.
As a parent on the front lines, I witness firsthand what my children are learning, what motivates them, and what challenges they face every day. I am their advocate and their person. When it comes to advocating for my children, I say what comes to my mind, which is also how I plan to run my campaign – and if elected, my seat in office – with no regrets. While I may not have a background as a lifetime educator, I am a mother who deeply cares about the well-being of our children. Today, I stand before you, asking for your trust. Trust me with the responsibility of ensuring the best education for your children. Trust me to make decisions that prioritize their needs and their future. On November 7th, I humbly ask for your vote, as together, we can work towards a brighter future for our students and our community. Thank you for your time and consideration.