Community Shares Thoughts on Making the Grade

Attleboro School Committee Candidate David Murphy hosts round table discussions on education.

More than two dozen people gathered at for the first “Topic Tuesday” roundtable event, sponsored by the David Murphy for School Committee campaign.

The roundtable, which was the first in a weekly series leading up to the November 8 election, focused on the relationship between the Attleboro schools and the greater Attleboro community, according to a press release on the event.

Participants included small business owners, real estate agents, former city officials and members of the mentoring program.

Murphy, an at-large candidate for the Attleboro School Committee, facilitated the one-hour discussion, which focused on the relationship between residential property values and the quality of the schools, the importance of building constructive partnerships with local businesses, and the how the city's identity impacts its school system.

The Attleboro High School Mentoring Program was identified as a promising start in helping the schools and the city as a whole to thrive. Implementing a similar program at the middle school level and enlisting Attleboro area businesses to participate as professional role models were suggested as a way to expand the program.

“Attleboro’s identity as a city is inextricably linked to the quality of the Attleboro schools," Murphy said. "The thoughts and concerns voiced at this first round table demonstrate the degree to which this is a priority for the Attleboro community."

The next Topic Tuesday will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2011 at 7 p.m. at in downtown Attleboro. The focus of that round table will be “Arts, Athletics, and Extras in the Attleboro Schools.”

Ronda "Roni" Lodge September 22, 2011 at 04:56 PM
Has anyone challenged this man's candidacy? I'm not saying he may not be the man for the job, but there are rules that have to be followed? I always thought you had to be an actual resident to run for a political seat in that city? Whether Mrs. Gordon thinks he would be great for the job has no relevance -- it's weather he has complied with the laws of the state and city.
Caitlin September 22, 2011 at 05:35 PM
As was stated in an earlier post, Dave's permanent residence is in Attleboro, as is the apartment he leased earlier this year when he decided to run for this seat. He lives in Attleboro, where he went to elementary, middle, and high school. I understand why you are asking, and you have every right to, but there are real issues at stake in this election and I think we're better off focusing on them. Thank you.
michelle walton September 22, 2011 at 11:25 PM
@Caitlin - How can a person have 2 permanent residences? "Dave's permanent residence is in Attleboro, as is the apartment he leased earlier this year..." Sounds like a Mitt Romney maneuver to me.
Caitlin September 23, 2011 at 12:04 AM
Michelle, sorry for being unclear. I meant to note that Dave's permanent residence has consistently been in Attleboro. His current apartment is in a different ward than his permanent residence, which is part of why he decided to run at-large. He lives in Attleboro and is hoping to serve the community he grew up in. If you have any questions I would suggest e-mailing him at dave@murphy2011.com.
DebEgan September 23, 2011 at 12:21 AM
I can't understand how some of those posting here can be ok with someone running in violation of the laws. It does not matter that he uses his parent's home as his permanent residence when he has admitted that he does not live here. If he really did rent an apartment in Attleboro before the deadline required to have residency then publish it in the paper or on Patch. What I was told is that our students get to go to school in OUR city because they sleep in Attleboro. Mr.Murphy has admitted that he sleeps in Boston. This makes him inelligible to run for this position. Maybe Mr.Murphy is a good kid and all but shouldn't he establish actual residency? Once he does that I will be very willing to listen and maybe support him. It does bother me that he isn't married and doesn't have children. It seems like he is trying to use the Attleboro school board as a starting point for a political career, as others above mentioned, and that is not what I want on the school board. I want to see parents who understand the problems that I deal with. If there's not enough parents running then we should try to get more involved.


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