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Synopsis of a Westfield Board of Education Meeting

April 16, 2015

VIOLENCE, VANDALISM, SUBSTANCE ABUSE & HIB REPORT The State requires school districts to report on Violence, Vandalism, and Substance Abuse and Harassment, Intimidation, and Bullying (HI...

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Today's Events

Police Blotter

Burglaries Reported at Two Westfield Homes

April 15, 2015

April 15, 2015 1:24 a.m. Officers Bruno and Carrero arrested Marcin Krepula, age 38, of Clark for driving while intoxicated subsequent to a motor vehicle stop in the area of Nevada Street an...

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Columns

ViaNutrition

Partnering With a Health Coach to Achieve Personal Transformation

Many people find themselves in the grocery store, enticed by sugary treats or purchasing the same processed foods every week. Yet, they still find themselves with a mid-afternoon energy crash, u...

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Westfield Area Y

Westfield Area Y Thanks Volunteers in Honor of National Volunteer Week

In honor of National Volunteer Week, the Westfield Area Y is pleased to announce there were 504 individuals who donated their time and talent in 2014. The Y applauds their efforts. A special &ld...

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In the Schools

Westfield High School Donates to Good Cause

Westfield High School recently donated more than $2,000 to The Good Project to help construct a school in a remote village in Costa Rica. David Good, founder of the non-profit, The Good Project,...

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Monday with Millicent

Let’s Visit the Westfield Diner

309 North Avenue, Westfield Call: 908.233.5200 Hours: 6 a.m. to 1 a.m. Sunday to Thursday 6 a.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday 6 a.m. to 1 a.m. Sunday FYI: Casual dress. ...

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Connecting Commerce and Community

Young Entrepreneurs from GWACC Awarded Funding to Launch Startups

On Wednesday, April 1, 14 student entrepreneurs took to the stage to present their business plans before a panel of local leaders of industry and a public audience. The students were dressed as ...

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Experts of H.O.M.E.

National Window Safety Week is April 5-11

The Window Safety Task Force works year-round to promote window safety awareness, and every April it sponsors National Window Safety Week. For 2015, Window Safety Week is observed April 5-11. ...

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Take Five

Resources for a Rocky Marriage

If you’ve been married for more than two years, odds are, you’ve had several “moments” when you started thinking that the only way you could honor Til Death Do Us Part wo...

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Guest Column

Eating Fresh Made Easy

Sign-up time is here! The team at Just Farmed is busy prepping for our 2015 farm box season, which starts the week of May 4th and ends in December. Our mission is to deliver fresh...

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Why I Serve

By MITCHELL SLATER

October 25, 2013 at 9:20 AM

People often joke that being on the school board is the world’s most thankless job. I disagree. Sure, the pay isn’t great. But after three and a half years of service, this so-called thankless job has made me nothing if not thankful.

Westfield is a community with a big heart.  Our kids are being raised in a town with a devoted and talented staff that cares deeply about them.  Our teachers and administrators have an interest in the success of every child in every one of our district’s nine buildings. That’s something to be proud of—and something to be thankful for.

Being a member of the Westfield Board of Education has been an education in and of itself.  I’ve learned what it takes to make a 6,200-student school system work. I’ve come to understand the complexities of managing $100 million in taxpayer money. And I’ve been constantly impressed by the dedication of my fellow board members. No, we don’t always agree. But at the end of the day, we all know what matters: the kids. That’s why we’re all here.

Three years ago, you asked for better technology and an improved wireless infrastructure. Today, we are not only making progress, but soon we will be the district that others turn to for guidance. 

Last night I had the opportunity to speak at Tamaques School's PTO meeting. The room was filled with passionate parents and teachers, all clearly committed to making their kids’ school experience something special.

That’s a common thread I have seen throughout my 20 years of raising a family in Westfield. Everyone pitches in. That’s why our school system works and why our town is such a close-knit community. I'm just doing my part.

So my pledge for my final term is to keep learning. I want to keep learning from you, the stakeholders, to keep learning from our tremendous educators and administrators, and most importantly, to learning from our kids.

That’s why I’m thankful. And that’s why I look forward to serving on the board for the next three years.