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As a former school committee member myself, I can vouch for the fact that Stu is an incredibly hard worker and innovative thinker when it comes to keeping our schools strong. He’s mastered the nuts and bolts of running a first-rate school system in a small town, like using revenue from choice students strategically to keep class sizes small or seeking the Devens contract to avoid layoffs or overrides. (Just for the record, the override that will be offered this election relates only to offsetting athletic user fees and was placed on the ballot at the request of the Bromfield School Council.) For the second consecutive time, Stu is leading negotiations on the teacher contract, an extremely important role especially given the fact that the current chairman can not participate in union negotiations.

Stu understands the key role of superintendents since education reform in 1993 ushered in the era of school-based management. The superintendent is the only employee that reports directly to the school committee. It is the committee’s job to set measurable goals and benchmarks and supervise him accordingly — ensuring that the goals are achieved and the benchmarks met. Stu is very clear about what the school committee can and cannot do and like the best managers, he sets clear expectations and judges results fairly and honestly — there is never any doubt about where he stands or how he got there. I know the excellence and strength Stu brings to the school committee and urge voters to keep him right where he is for a second term. Given the tough economic times we’re facing, we need his expertise and experience now more than ever.

JEFF SHAW

Harvard