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ELECT BEN HERRINGTON FOR AMHERST SCHOOL COMMITTEE
Veteran of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Maintenance employee at Amherst Schools
LSSE Youth basketball coach
Education and Background
Associates Degrees in Communications and Journalism from Manchester Community College
Diverse previous work experience including:
Assignment editor for a television news station, WFSB-3, Hartford
Author and editor
My name is Ben Herrington and I am running for school committee because my children belong to a growing majority of students in our elementary schools whose experiences, perspectives and voices are needed at the table. While I already serve our schools in the custodial/maintenance department, I want to offer myself as a bridge to a community we do not hear from enough on the issues that we care most deeply about.
With community engagement a priority of our current school leadership I intend to add my voice to the deep, reflective, forward thinking and thoughtful conversations we have about the present challenges we are facing, including attacks on public education nationally, and how we will plan our future moving forward locally, here in Amherst.
As your school committee member, I will work with my colleagues to promote:
- Excellence in our public schools through high morale, academic achievement, and collaboration with all stakeholders including families, educators and the community;
- Effective advocacy and problem-solving locally and statewide to address inadequate public school funding, sky-rocketing healthcare costs and declining student enrollment;
- Advocacy for dual language exploration and implementation while maintaining a strong STEAM curriculum: science, technology, engineering, arts and math;
- Eliminating socio-economic barriers to participating fully in after-school sports, lunch programs and other school-sponsored events which are critical in our young people’s mental health, social, emotional and physical well-being;
- Exploration of smart, innovative, sustainable and green solutions to address school building maintenance and infrastructure.
Together, we can close the gap on opportunities to ensure all of our students are successful and meet the challenges of what it takes to be a 21st century robust learning community.
I ask for your vote for School Committee on Tuesday, March 27.
Treasurer-Amber Cano Martin: