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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.”

Cheryl Maki Gordon September 16, 2011 at 09:13 PM
Does it really matter where he lays his head if he is doing something good for the community? I was born in and raised in Boston and I have been a proud member of Attleboro for the past 15yrs where I have raised my four children. Should I not run for an office seat too because I didn't personally grow up here if I so chose to run? I am curious if you were at the table the other evening with us? I was a guest panelist and I was very impressed with what I heard. This young man was there to learn from his peers, elders and community members how he can contribute to the betterment of the city he was born and raised in and will come back home to and one day raise his family I am sure. I truly suggest let your jealousy go and be honest about why you are attacking this man who is truly going to make a difference when he is elected. I firmly believe. I will be proud to see my grandchildren some day benefiting from his accomplishments for Attleboro. I do not have any yet...but I know when I do they will be Attleboro residents. Thank you David, for running for a seat, for asking us to come and share with you our public concerns and views for the Schools of Attleboro and for listening and taking what we had to say away with you to digest and become a better leader for our Schools. See you Tuesday and hopefully Mr. Anonymous will come as well and learn something about the real issues to be concerned with in this great City of Attleboro.
Cheryl Maki Gordon September 16, 2011 at 09:14 PM
absolutely PJM
Kim September 16, 2011 at 09:32 PM
If you were at the round table on Tuesday you heard from a guy who grew up in Attleboro asking people in the community how we can all make both the community and the schools better. I was impressed and I hope he wins. Go to the upcoming round tables and hear from him yourself if you want to learn more.
Cheryl Maki Gordon September 16, 2011 at 09:33 PM
David is not a genuine outsider though...he was born and raised in Attleboro and graduated from AHS and went on to be a very successful young man who wants to now return home and support the School System he was so proud to grow up in and be a part of. That makes me proud that I chose Attleboro to raise my children and educate them here. My three oldest are wonderful smart young adults in college residing in Attleboro and my youngest is a proud 4th grader at Hill Roberts who wants to be Student Council President. Should he not run because his mother is from Boston originally. Let's all support whats important here a better city and school system for all and thank you for anyone who is willing to step up to the plate and help make that happen!
Katherine September 16, 2011 at 09:43 PM
It's a shame to see the Patch being used to launch personal attacks on Mr. Murphy and his campaign. He is--and always has been--very involved in the Attleboro community. And now he is actively trying to repay that community--and especially its schools--for what he's gotten from it. I, for one, am excited about a candidate who brings such positive ideas and energy.
John L September 16, 2011 at 09:44 PM
As a home owner and tax payer I for one am thankful to have a responsible, knowledgeable and enthusiastic person like David running for office. Good luck David in November.
blueskies September 16, 2011 at 10:14 PM
I have known David since he was in HS. He will make an excellent School Committee person. His decision to pick the brains of those associated with the city/schools is not really a new idea, but to hold these sessions in public and invite input from all in attendance is revolutionary. He does not claim to be an expert on everything, but is someone who wants to listen and learn from everyone.
blueskies September 16, 2011 at 10:15 PM
btw his next session will be Tuesday at Scorpios...You are all welcome to attend and participate if you want.
lisa johnson September 18, 2011 at 02:19 AM
He does not have any children in school. His profession teaches him to be a good speaker. So he knows how to play the crowd. He works many late nights in Boston. Let's think about this voters!!!! How much time can he donate to our children on school committee? Not a good choice voters!!! Don't be fooled by a lawyers presentation. Sounds like another puppet to the Administration.
John L September 18, 2011 at 12:18 PM
I didn't know having children in the schools was a requirement to be on the committee. From your post it seems you have another agenda posting on here.
John L September 18, 2011 at 12:25 PM
Dave keep up the good work with open forums and community outreach. From the posts I have seen it seems some people feel threatened by your energy and the positive response you have received so far from voters.
Sarah Wilberg September 18, 2011 at 05:56 PM
Anyone else tired of Murphy's Boston Cronie friends censoring us by flagging and removing our comments? Just because you're a rich attorney who lives in Boston doesn't mean you have the right to silence us. Is this how you plan to act on the school board?
John L September 18, 2011 at 06:11 PM
Why the smear campaign Sarah?
John L September 18, 2011 at 07:55 PM
Wow smear campaign out in full force today. Obviously you have never met David.
Sarah Wilberg September 18, 2011 at 08:05 PM
It might be a smear if I didn't use my real name. There is this thing called courage... Standing up and not being ashamed of what you say. Adults sign their name to the statements they are responsible for. So, John, is "L" your madien name or married? My name is Sarah Wilberg and I don't like being bullied by rich cronies from Boston. How about you Mr.L?
John L September 18, 2011 at 09:54 PM
No your posts are smears regardless if you use your name or post under Micky Mouse. Grossly trying to misrepresent someone is a smear. I do not see how someone pulling the community together for open discussion on the state of our schools would find the need to silence anyone, that in fact is courage.
Sarah Wilberg September 18, 2011 at 10:01 PM
Somehow, I'm guessing you are one of Murphy's rich Cronies from Boston. Why else would you be so cowardly as to post under a psudonym? How is the cavier and foie gras at Top of the Hub? Stay out of my city and please god, keep your annonymous self in Boston.
John L September 18, 2011 at 10:13 PM
I am a citizen, homeowner and taxpayer as I said earlier. Born and raised in Attleboro. I do not need to share with you my last name. I'd inquire as to how we know you are who you say you are but I don't think it matters, anyone following these posts can see your agenda
Jacob September 18, 2011 at 11:04 PM
Since when is it too much to remind everyone that one must actually reside in Attleboro to be elected to the Attleboro School Board? I think that Murphy is probably a good person, he is simply better suited to run in the City of Boston... where he lives!
Sarah Wilberg September 18, 2011 at 11:12 PM
Let me echo Jacob's sentiments... Murphy should run for office where he lives. Is he afraid that he doesn't have enough money to buy a school board seat in Boston?
DebEgan September 19, 2011 at 12:35 PM
I want to understand this issue, but too much has been flagged and deleted. Mr. Murphy admits to renting an apartment in Boston because he works there, as noted in a removed post? That means he doesn't live in Attleboro. I don't care if he wants to try to use his parent's house as his primary residence, but this is obviously not true. He has admitted that he lives in Boston. Is this even legal for him to be running for an elected seat in OUR city? He should drop out immediately, establish residence over the next two years and then run if he wants to.
Dottie September 19, 2011 at 12:42 PM
Deb, I agree....
Ronda "Roni" Lodge September 19, 2011 at 01:57 PM
Why are the earlier posts being removed? What do you mean that Mr. Murphy lives in Boston? How can he run for School Committee in Attleboro? Are you kidding me? Aren't their rules before you take out your candidacy paperwork?
Dottie September 19, 2011 at 02:08 PM
Just a question too - will there also be actual parents of Attleboro school children among the roundtable participants?
Ronda "Roni" Lodge September 19, 2011 at 02:25 PM
Good question. It doesn't appear so from the article though.
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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