Editor’s note: We sent questionnaires to all the candidates running for Taunton School Committee in the Nov. 5 election. Some responses were edited for length.
Name: Joseph M. Martin
Professional Background: I earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics, a Master’s Degree in Mathematics, and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in School Administration – all from Bridgewater State University. I taught Math and Computer Science from 1970-1987, I served as the Director of Technology from 1987-1993, and I was the Assistant Superintendent for Administration and Finance from 1993-2006. I retired in 2006 after 35 years of service in the Taunton School System, and I am now in my 40th year at Bridgewater State University where I continue to teach Mathematics classes.
Office sought: Taunton School Committee, candidate for re-election
Why do you want to serve on the School Committee and what makes you a good fit for the position?
I received a quality education in the Taunton School System in the 1960s. Thanks to that quality education, I became a teacher, an administrator, and I now teach classes at Bridgewater State University. I believe in the School System, my grandchildren attend this School System, and I want a high quality education for them and all of your children. They are our future.
What steps would you take as a school committee member to improve the educational experience for public school students in Taunton?
I am an educator at heart, I know schools, and I know how they work. I have served as a teacher, a director, a central office administrator, and a post-secondary educator. My range of experience in education, coupled with my personal dedication and pride in the Taunton Public School System , provides me with a unique level of insight that will serve me well as a Taunton School Committee member.
What educational innovations outside our district would you like to see in Taunton?
Taunton has many educational innovative programs which I would like to continue. I would like to see growth in our pre-school programs and growth in our STEM programs.
What are one or two things you’ve done in the past with and for Taunton’s youth?
Through my efforts as Chairman of the Finance and Law subcommittee, I have promoted and moved forward building renovations and upgrades to our athletic programs. In addition we are working on additional security improvements to make all our schools more secure. As a committee member, I have supported many programs in the Arts, vocations, curriculum and social and emotional learning.
Has the state done enough to support equity in public school funding for Taunton? If not, would you like the city to pursue an equity in education lawsuit against the state over school funding?
I do not think the state has done enough to support equity in public school funding. I believe the City should work with our legislators to encourage the state to provide equity. If that fails, I would support a lawsuit against the state over school funding.
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