TOWNSEND — After being appointed a year and a half ago to the vacant position on the North Middlesex Regional School Committee, Randee Rusch pulled nomination papers hoping to be elected to a full, three-year term in April.
“I’m running because I think I can make a difference,” said Rusch, a mother of three young children attending Spaulding Memorial Elementary School. “I think this position is very important for the children, and ultimately what we’re looking for in the school district is for the kids to succeed.”
Rusch was appointed to the committee in 2009 to fill out a term that was left open when a previous member resigned. This spring there are three at-large positions set to expire. Anne Buchholz and Mike Morgan of Pepperell have also pulled papers for re-election to the committee. Rusch hopes to take one of the three positions to be available.
“I’ve enjoyed my time on the committee because I enjoy working for the children in the district.” she said. “But I also think that having a strong education system benefits everyone in the community whether they have children in the school districts or not.”
Having three children in the school district is certainly an incentive for Rusch to want to make sure the system is performing at its best, which is a big reason why she got involved in the first place. Rusch has learned, however, that it takes effort by the entire community to prepare the students, which in turn will benefit the community in the long run.
She explained, “The children are the future leaders of the world and our communities.”
A Townsend resident since 1997, Rusch lives at home with her husband, Brian, and their three children in kindergarten, second and fourth grade. With a background in engineering, she said that she tends to look at things through a systematic approach.
“When dealing with a certain issue, I like to collect all of the facts. I take in all of the information and then process it before making any decisions.”
Rusch projects the biggest upcoming challenge for the town is that of balancing the budget while maintaining the level of student achievement, but with less money.
She said, “With costs going up, it’s tough to try and make sure the kids are getting the best we can offer them. The best thing we can do, and what we’ve been doing year after year, is to keep communication open with different towns as far as finances go and working with the administration to try and make cuts in the right places.”
“If elected, I look forward to working with everyone to make sure we get the best achievement out of the kids that we can.”
Rusch is also the current chairperson on the policy subcommittee.