Newton Political Races Alderman School Committee Kurt Kusiak

School Committee Recommendations from Current School Committee Member Kurt Kusiak

Newton Political Races Alderman School Committee Kurt KusiakKurt Kusiak is my Dad Friend and neighbor and, because I have zero interest in politics of any ilk, I turn to him like my personal Godfather to vote his slate. Perhaps I am just lazy and bad with names such that I can’t keep track of so many people and their agendas. On the other hand, I find that my beliefs align with Kurt’s.

My pediatric dentist’s wife, Vicki Danberg, is running for Alderman At-Large in Ward 6. I am also voting for her (assuming that I vote in Ward 6).



Next Tuesday, November 8, is an important election day for choosing the next School Committee.  I hope you will take the time to vote since there are very substantial differences between some of the candidates this time around.  Voting for School Committee candidates is city wide, so you can vote in every race, regardless of whether it is your ward.

For those of you who may be interested, my recommendations for the three races are:

Jonathan Yeo:  Jonathan’s contributions to the School Committee are not replaceable.  He has led the negotiations with the teachers union, which has just resulted in the first sustainable teachers contract for a long, long time – saving many millions of dollars and, simultaneously, many teachers’ jobs.  He is an exceedingly skilled and experienced member of the committee that we cannot afford to lose.

Sue Rosenbaum: Sue is a scientist that has done diabetes and obesity research at Tufts Medical School and currently works as a clinical trials manager for a start-up pharmaceutical company.  She has also been a long-time activist and volunteer improving Newton’s schools, serving on the League of Women Voters, the Zervas and Newton South school councils, as a soccer coach, and as a creative arts and sciences volunteer.  During her first term on the Newton School Committee, she has served as the liaison to our legislative delegation at the State House and as a member of the budget guidelines committee, and on the facilities committee bringing needed modulars to the elementary schools.  She has also served on the Countryside Elementary School Task Force, which is working to alleviate school overcrowding.  She gets things done and achieves positive results without much fanfare, which I like a lot.

Diana Fisher-Gomberg: Diana has been very active in the Newton schools for the past eight years.  She has been a very hard worker for several PTOs and School Councils, and she is well-respected and well-liked by many city officials – which is fairly key to getting things done.  Her commitment to the school system is clear, she has a good knowledge base already due to her years of interacting with the School Committee and administration, and I think she would make a very good School Committee member.

Kurt Kusiak

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