Letter to the editor: The candidate’s response to the school committee is disappointing

Like many of you, I was excited about the upcoming election where we will be electing three school council members! I had the utmost respect for our previous group and am so grateful for their dedication and contributions to our community and ultimately my family. I am also grateful to all the candidates who run and pour their blood, sweat and tears into the campaign so that they too can serve the community. Regardless of any politics, I think it’s an honorable thing to do.

I guess that’s why I feel bummed and a bit deflated after Wednesday night’s Meet the Candidates event hosted by the Women’s Club. I, like many, submitted a question to the school committee group, which was as follows: “Returning to full-time in-person learning was a huge decision last year for the school committee , and they decided on a comeback almost exactly a year ago today in April. If you were on the school committee at the time, how would you have voted? Would you have voted or advocated for a full return earlier, at the same time, or later in the school year? Quite simple, fair and, in my opinion, an extremely important question, given the impact it has had on the quality of education, mental health, family life, etc. that distance and hybrid learning models have had on everyone in the world, regardless of For my family. Holly Morand responded that she would also have voted for a full comeback in April, Jenn Devlin also felt they made the right decision in April, Jared Pray pleaded for an earlier comeback, and Ashley Fogg also said that ‘she was pushing to come back sooner.

Holly updated her response on her campaign page on Thursday and said she would not have voted for a full-time in-person return until certain (strict) data points were met and events such as students being vaccinated (my children weren’t vaccinated until January 2022 and kindergartens have yet to receive theirs) and weekly testing is in place. The most disturbing part is that she then commented further, stating that discussing past and future votes (another resident asked about future votes) is “futile”… pointless. My question is futile and useless? It’s hard not to feel pretty disappointed by this, misled, insulted, and ultimately…rejected.

—Kristin Dangelo, Hopkinton

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