Wednesday, May 15, 2013
She is the first official candidate for any of the school committee races.
School Committee member Brenda Furtado, who represents Ward 4, was certified for the fall ballot this week after submitting her nomination papers along with at least 50 signatures from Attleboro voters. She is the first person to qualify for a school committee race. Furtado is serving her second term on the committee. Three others—Kristina Piasecki, Diane Lynch-Bartek and Lori Scales—have pulled papers for the Ward 4 contest. Political insiders say only Scales is expected to return them and challenge Furtado. "I am extremely excited and look forward to continuing to represent Ward 4 on the Attleboro School Committee," wrote Furtado in an email to Attleboro Patch. "I will continue representing the parents and community with honesty and …
Thursday, February 14, 2013
The school committee votes to hire the interim Director. Two school committee members not in attendance say they are disappointed a search was abandoned. A finalist for a job in Arlington, Marisa McCarthy has not decided if she will accept Attleboro's off
Interim Special Education Director Marisa McCarthy could have a long-term future in the Attleboro school district—if she wants it. The school committee voted 6-0 Wednesday to approve Superintendent Pia Durkin's request go grant McCarthy a three-year contract. However, McCarthy is one of two finalists for the same job in Arlington, and School Committee Chair Mike Tyler said she would not remove her name from consideration there. The decision to appoint McCarthy was a sudden departure from the previous plan to do a full search and accept applications. A job notice appears online with a Feb. 25 application deadline. Tyler said he re-convened the search committee last week to determine if its members favored giving the job to McCarthy. He …
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
The Ward 4 school committee representative would be seeking a third term.
Wednesday, February 13
It was a quiet Wednesday in the Election's Department office at Attleboro City Hall. While 10 people pulled papers Tuesday to begin possible campaigns for various city offices, Ward 4 school committee representative Brenda Furtado was the only person Wednesday to take the first step toward becoming an official candidate. Furtado was first elected to the school committee in 2009, when she ousted then-Ward 4 incumbent Jackie Romaniecki. She won a battle of incumbents two years ago against Helen Johnson, who had previously served as an at-large representative and decided to contest the Ward 4 race to prevent Furtado from running unopposed. At-large incumbent David Murphy is the only other person who has pulled papers for the school …
Thursday, December 13, 2012
Chair Mike Tyler plans to speak tonight about "unacceptable" events that occurred at the Monday meeting he did not attend. The vice chair, who ran the Monday meeting, disagrees with his analysis.
Attleboro residents have a chance to find out tonight what was learned through recent focus groups on the search for a school district superintendent. They also may be able to find out what School Committe Chair Mike Tyler believes should and should not happen at committee meetings. Tyler told Attleboro Patch earlier this week he was bothered by how the meeting on Monday was run in his absence by Vice Chair Brenda Furtado. Among the incidents he did not care for were comments made during open forum by school district parent Jen Crowder that included criticisms of Committee member David Murphy and Superintendent Pia Durkin (look for more information about Crowder's complaint on Patch later this week). Let Patch save you time. Get great …
Saturday, October 27, 2012
Candidates George Ross and Joe Kennedy III stop by the Attleboro Farmers Market on its final day.
The final hour of the final day of the 2012 Attleboro Farmers Market season included a visit from congressional candidate Joe Kennedy III. The Democrat and his staff purchased items late Saturday morning and he posed for photos with various people, including market President Heather Porreca and her family. Kennedy also spoke with City Councilor Jonathan Weydt, who said he has a picture of him with his daughter from when they were 8 years old. A group of Kennedy supporters held a banner and signs across the street from the market. City Councilor Jeremy Denlea stood with the group. State Rep. George Ross was at the market earlier in the morning. He and his supporters later moved down to the corner of Park and Pleasant streets to hold signs …
Sunday, November 6, 2011
Blue and white election signs for School Committee Candidate Brenda Furtado have disappeared off lawns.
Attleboro School Committee candidate for re-election, Brenda Furtado had to pull her election signs from the lawns of her supporters in Ward 4 just days before the election. Why? According to Furtado she began pulling signs Friday night after they were disappearing frequently. "This election year has been very negative, together with the personal attacks and defamation of people's character," Furtado said. "This is uncalled for." Furtado said she was tipped off to Phase I of her opponent's campaigning strategy, which was to pass out a negative letter signed by Helen Johnson, Ward 2 Candidate Bill Larson and Ward 1 Candidate Shawn Moran. "This letter was to be distributed out in their wards attacking the three incumbents," Furtado said. …
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
The current Ward 4 representative is seeking re-election.
Name: Brenda Furtado Seat: Ward 4 School Committee Education: Attleboro Public Schools Brenda Furtado is finishing up her first year as a member of the Attleboro School Committee and is seeking another term in the 2011 election. upcoming election. Furtado said she has learned a lot in her year on the committee, particularly about the specifics of the district’s finances, which aligns well with her job experience and financial background as an office manager. Furtado has two boys in the district, one in sixth grade and the other in eighth, however she believes that her job on the school committee is not to just voice her views on what’s best for her children, but to represent the views of the parents of Ward 4. “It’s not my school committee…