Oktoberfest this Friday. Tickets at http://www.hollistonhistoricalsociety.org/
Haunted Hayride - Saturday, October 21st
Celebrating The First Annual Walk of Hope - Sunday, October 22nd
Kamala classes in ZentangleĀ® and Art Journaling and SoulCollageĀ®
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Stacey Raffi is Running for Reelection to the School Committee

by Press Release
May 6, 2017

Stacey Raffi, current member of the Holliston School Committee, has announced that she is seeking re-election to that Board.

Stacey Raffi, current member of the Holliston School Committee, has announced that she is seeking re-election to that Board. Raffi was first elected three years ago.

“I have to admit, there was a steep learning curve that first year, but from then on, I feel as if I have made real headway on several issues, not the least of which was the budget. And I am very interested in working with the administration in looking at innovative ways to teach - such as project-based learning. We need a healthy discussion about teaching for the future. We started the conversation with the presentation of “Most Likely to Succeed” last week. I want Holliston to continue to be a progressive district,” said Raffi.

Stacey is chair of the subcommittee that is evaluating whether Holliston should change the start times for the different schools in response to research that suggests younger children do better starting earlier and teens would do better starting later. She is also on the screening committee for the search for the new Assistant Superintendent.

School Committee member Raffi is also actively engaged with State Representative Carolyn Dykema and State Senator Karen Spilka in finding innovative ways to fund the state mandates that districts are forced to implement and pay for. “One example,” says Raffi, “is that all districts are required to translate school documents for ELL (English Language Learner) families. Translation services cost our district money. Why can’t the state create a portal where ‘standard’ documents are available to all districts instead of having each district pay for the translation services? I’m pursuing that kind of thing.”

Mrs. Raffi supports having the Town undertake a strategic plan for the community, which would, of course, incorporate the schools. She plans, too, to encourage the Board of Selectmen to hold periodic meetings of all town boards to get together and problem solve. “I’d like us to assemble in groups that represent departments across government and solve a problem together. All our boards need to learn to more effectively work TOGETHER.”

“I am someone who says it like it is and doesn’t play “games.” I’m true to my word - I don’t beat around the bush. I hate to waste time. I just want to do what is right for our students and our town. Kids are my passion.”

Raffi moved here in 2005 with her husband Eric. Their children, Ryan (10) and Kyle (8) are students in our elementary schools. In addition to her work on the School Committee, she is active in the Parent Teacher Organization as one of the Volunteer Coordinators, a member of the Celebrate Holliston planning committee, a member Holliston Business Association’s Holiday stroll and Spring Fling planning committees, and a religious education teacher at St. Mary’s. Formerly an event manager for 10 years at a local hi-tech organization and owner/director of Bay Path Figure Skating Club for 7 years, Mrs. Raffi is now employed at MPS on Woodland St. Mrs. Raffi enjoys watching her sons play Flag Football and Lacrosse. She loves taking tap and lyrical dance classes at Inspire Dance Academy on Water St, reading, and finding time to relax by the ocean.

 

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You've got my vote! I want a school comittee that prioritizes the importance of education and learning in the classroom. One of your "opponents" wishes we had better athletic fields, meanwhile other towns wish they had our academics! Which matters more? Its no contest.

- Bill Blinstrub | 5/7/17 5:48 PM

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