Sunday, April 7, 2013
2013 Tewksbury Municipal election School Committee results.
In 2010, Krissy Polimeno and Lisa Puccia were part of an emotionally charged three-person race for two seats on the Tewksbury School Committee. Polimeno got in, while Puccia was odd-person out. Fast-forward three years and Puccia and Polimeno were once again part of a three-person race for two seats on the school committee. But there were differences. The race was far more low-key this time around and this time both women were voted into office. Polimeno was easily re-elected with 2.039 votes. Puccia grabbed the second slot, slipping past Ray Lisiecki, 1,276-1,139. Polimeno said there were differences in running as an incumbent this time around. "Last time, I was just talking about what I wanted to do," she said. "This time I could talk …
Friday, April 5, 2013
This is the third and final part of our Q&A series with School Committee candidates -- incumbent Krissy Polimeno and challengers Ray Lisiecki and Lisa Puccia.
(Editor's note: This is the third and final part of our Q&A series with School Committee candidates -- incumbent Krissy Polimeno and challengers Ray Lisiecki and Lisa Puccia.) Question 3: The school department budget takes the biggest bite out of the fiscal budget each year. What are some practical ways the school department can ease the burden on taxpayers? I will continue to focus on fiscal responsibility and accountablility. I will work to ensure that school materials and resources are allocated equitably. Our district will continue to work collaboratively with other towns for savings by collaborative bidding on transportation, vendors, contractors and building services. We will exhaust all resources for additional funding by …
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
This is Part 2 of a three-part Q&A with candidates for Tewksbury School Committee -- incumbent Krissy Polimeno and challengers Lisa Puccia and Ray Lisiecki.
(Editor's note: This is Part 2 of a three-part Q&A with candidates for Tewksbury School Committee -- incumbent Krissy Polimeno and challengers Lisa Puccia and Ray Lisiecki.) Question 2: What are some ways you would like to see Tewksbury schools better prepare students for college and/or the work place? I believe that this process needs to begin at the elementary school level starting as early as Kindergarten. Tewksbury Public Schools needs to start looking at implementing STEM (Science Technology, Engineering, and Math) earlier on into our student’s curriculum to better prepare them for future endeavors. Professional development for our teachers is also key factor in this process. We need to question whether or not we start partnering …
Monday, April 1, 2013
This is Part 1 in a three-part Q&A Series with the candidates running for two seats on the Tewksbury School Committee -- Incumbent Krissy Polimeno and challengers Ray Lisiecki and Lisa Puccia.
(Editor's Note: This is Part 1 in a three-part Q&A Series with the candidates running for two seats on the Tewksbury School Committee -- Incumbent Krissy Polimeno and challengers Ray Lisiecki and Lisa Puccia.) Question 1: What are the biggest challenges facing Tewksbury Schools in the next few years? The challenge of student achievement becomes increasingly more difficult because of budget considerations. We must continue to provide students with the skills and the knowledge needed to achieve a high level of success in their chosen career path. Tewksbury must deal with the issue of paying for education in a challenging economy. We must continue to have a reasoned and balanced approach to our school budget with the realization that …
Thursday, March 21, 2013
Readers say Puccia has a diverse background and takes time to understand the issues.
Thursday, March 21
To The Editor: As a long time resident of Tewksbury, I would like to invite you to join my husband and me in supporting Lisa Puccia for School Committee. I have known Lisa for over 10 years and not only is she a great friend, loving and devoted wife and mother, but an involved parent. For 9 years I had the pleasure of working side by side with her as a co-chair of the Tewksbury Special Education Parent Advisory Council (TSEPAC). Having worked with Lisa on different initiatives through this organization, I can attest to her commitment, sincerity, and results oriented approach. Lisa was instrumental in establishing the TSEPAC as a non-profit organization so that it could hold its own fundraisers to raise funding without impacting the …
Monday, March 18, 2013
Reader says candidate has a solid understanding of the education system.
Monday, March 18
To the Editor: The Tewksbury Community is so fortunate to have a woman like Lisa Puccia step forward to run for Tewksbury School Committee. As a good friend of Lisa for many years, I am writing this letter to enthusiastically support her endeavor. As a mother of four school aged children, I have never seen anyone who has the energy that she exhibits. Whether it is as a CCD teacher, basketball coach, or volunteer in her community, Lisa has always been involved in every aspect of her children’s lives. I have also had the distinct pleasure of working with Lisa for the non-profit agency Liam Nation, Inc., an organization that raises awareness and provides funding and support to help improve the lives of people with physical and cognitive …
Friday, March 15, 2013
This is the candidate statement for Lisa Puccia, candidate for School Committee.
Friday, March 15
My name is Lisa Puccia and I am a candidate for the Tewksbury School Committee. My husband Al and I have been Tewksbury residents since 1999 and have four children who are all educated through the Tewksbury Public Schools. Prior to moving to Tewksbury, I worked 11 years as a Fraud Control Manager for BankBoston. My primary focus was on personal and corporate loss prevention and client retention. Over the past 14 years I have had the opportunity to stay at home and raise my children. This has allowed me the ability to be constantly involved in the schools and in every aspect of their education. In 2005, I became actively involved in the Tewksbury Public Schools, mainly in the area of special education. During that time, I received my…
Monday, January 28, 2013
Seventh person takes out nomination papers for the Board of Selectmen.
A race that looked like it would have an empty slot on the Tewksbury Municipal Election ballot has taken an interesting turn. According to information provided by Town Clerk Denise Graffeo, two new potential candidates have thrown their hats into the ring for seats on the Tewksbury School Committee. Raymond Lisiecki and Lisa Puccia both took out nomination papers last week for the two available seats on the committee. With incumbent Krissy Polimeno already officially on the ballot, there could be a contested Tewksbury School Committee election for the first time in three years. Incumbent Joseph Russell announced two weeks ago that he will not be seeking another term. Puccia was unsuccessful in a race for School Committee in 2010 and had …