Benjamin Herrington: School Committee candidate makes his case

Thursday, October 17, 2019

I’m a blue collar single dad with a fifth grader at Crocker Farm and another who attended Amherst Public Schools. I work at Wildwood Elementary School and have also worked at Fort River Elementary School.

Over the years, I have had the privilege of interacting with the great people who make up our school system and the children they serve. To say that I have a vested interest in the progress of our schools would be an understatement; it is my passion.

We need to address the current state of disrepair in our buildings, while finding ways to sustain them in the future. Amherst Regional Public Schools lacks a facilities development policy. If we create a comprehensive policy to continuously improve our schools for the benefit of our students, we can prevent future generations from having to bear the burden of a failure to plan ahead.

We can make budgeting decisions that reflect our values, while also making fiscally responsible decisions. The examples we set for our children; every step, every decision, and every discussion, won’t go unnoticed by them.

We need to be keenly aware of the messages our actions send our students. We face many challenges that will require conversations that reflect multiple different perspectives. Diversity within the makeup of our school committee will help to broaden dialogue and lead us to more well informed conversations.

I am running for school committee to lend my voice and service to our children, their educators, the staff that supports them, and to the town of Amherst as a whole. I offer a different perspective and different life experience, but the same hopes and dreams for our children and the future they will inherit from us.

I humbly ask for your vote on Nov. 5. Thank you.

Ben Herrington