Billerica resident runs for school committee

With the elections now, two months away on Saturday April 2, residents like Cheri Gargalianos are beginning to announce their candidacies for open local seats.

I am delighted to announce that I am running for the Billerica School Committee.

I have served in a number of capacities at Billerica and hope to continue to serve but in a different role.

About me.

First, and most importantly, I’m a mom to two amazing teenage girls, both of whom are students at Billerica Memorial High School.

I grew up in Medford and attended Medford Public Schools. After graduating, I entered the workforce and attended Middlesex Community College and Northeastern University. This led me to accounting and I have been a manager of share plans/stock ownership for over 20 years. I like the interaction I have with the employees and being able to advise them.

My journey through Billerica Public Schools began in September 2010 when my eldest daughter entered kindergarten at Thomas Ditson Elementary School.

As a member of the Ditson School Site Council and the Ditson School Association [DSA,] I was able to work with staff, students and parents. I was also Vice President and President of DSA.

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Over the years my youngest daughter started school and both girls went on to Cyril D. Locke Middle School and are now at BMHS. While they were at Locke, I was a member of the Locke School site council, as well as president and treasurer of the parent-teacher organization.

My involvement in city government began in 2012 when a critical issue surfaced regarding our school’s custodial contract. Soon after, the possibility of a new high school arose. That’s when I became a municipal assembly representative for Ward 7 and now, Ward 2.

During this time, I supported the establishment of full-day kindergarten at no cost for our families, as well as the construction of our new high school.

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Two years later, I decided to apply for a seat on the Finance Committee, where I have served for five years.

More recently, I have added to my experience the District Family Engagement Group and Billerica Partners for Education. These two elements allow me to learn more about our growing city and how best to help our youngest citizens.

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My plan is simple; be a voice, listen, work hard, work as a team, and be civil and respectful.

I am proud to continue my commitment to Billerica and I ask for your vote on April 2.

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