Officials select new School Committee member
Marlborough – Five members of the community stepped forward Jan. 26 at a Joint Convention moderated by Mayor Nancy Stevens to fill the seat on the School Committee recently vacated by Brian Murphy, who stepped down due to a conflict of interest with his employment. The convention, which lasted about 30 minutes, began with a brief biography of each of the candidates, followed by questions from city councilors and School Committee members, and ended with the nomination of Jennifer Hardy by a majority vote from both committees.
"I am thrilled," Hardy said. "I have an incredibly current knowledge of what is going on in the schools."
With her educational and professional background as an engineer, it is her current role as a stay-at-home parent of six children between the ages of 5 and 12 currently in the Marlborough school system that has given her the firsthand knowledge to serve on the committee. Having volunteered for several organizations, including parent teacher organizations and school councils, she said she was not concerned about her busy schedule as a volunteer and a mother.
"It will be a tremendous asset," she said. "I have six hours a day of research time to do due diligence to be a fully informed."
Flagging curriculum and technology as the two most important challenges next to the obvious budget discussions, Hardy said she is looking forward to these discussions.
"We need to get the curriculum into the teachers' hands … and we need to keep up with technologies," she said.
After being sworn in, Hardy said she expects her job to be difficult because of the economy, but she's ready to start.
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