Mark & Danielle Owens
If you haven’t actively followed the School Committee or the Elementary School Building Committee over the past couple of years, you may not be as familiar with Jon Graziano as we are. Jon is the guy standing with supporters on the corner of Main Street and 85 every Saturday, eager to meet you and answer all of your questions about his goals as School Committee Chairman and his hopes for the schools in the years ahead. He’s the guy who fights hard for what he believes to be the best outcome for our students, from pre-school through high school, and who does his homework to find solutions to the never-ending fiscal and logistical challenges we face in Hopkinton.
Like many members of our community, we were entrenched last year in the collective effort to make tuition-free full day kindergarten a reality for every kindergartner in Hopkinton. It was in pursuing this critical program improvement that we got to know Jon well. We were immediately impressed by Jon’s ability to hear all sides of the issue and address individuals’ concerns from three distinct perspectives: as a parent, as a citizen of the town and as a member of the School Committee. Recognizing the changing needs of both our district and our youngest learners, Jon was steadfast and passionate in his commitment to reaching this goal. Thanks to Jon’s perseverance and his ability to collaborate with members of the community, this year’s kindergartners are enjoying the most enriched and most exciting curriculum any kindergarten class in Hopkinton has ever received. He helped bring about a change that will benefit the children, families and teachers of Hopkinton for many years to come.
As School Committee liaison on the Elementary School Building Committee, Jon has taken a fiscally responsible and open-minded approach to help address the structural and logistical issues presented by Center School. Jon has been instrumental in organizing and facilitating public forums to engage the community. His work on the ESCB is another standout example of Jon’s genuine concern for the well being of Hopkinton residents and his appreciation for our diverse opinions.
Jon leaves no stone unturned, no voice unheard. He is all in, and he has earned our support. We respectfully ask you to give him your vote on May 18th. Thank you.
Jon & Amy Schwartz
We are supporting Jon Graziano for School Committee because we have seen first-hand his profound commitment to the town of Hopkinton, and specifically our schools. We have known the Graziano family since before we all moved to Hopkinton. We are fortunate to have settled in such a wonderful town, with people like Jon giving much of his time to making our town even better.
In the past 3 years, Jon has resided on a School Committee which has accomplished many things, including bringing in Dr. Cathy MacLeod to lead our school system and helping ensure all children have access to Full Day Kindergarten. Hopkinton is known for its great school system and this was a much needed addition to our curriculum.
Additionally, over the past 2 years, Jon has served as the School Committee representative on the Elementary School Building Committee. The ESBC has done an amazing job getting us to the point of choosing a site for our much overdue new school. They have committed to making the entire process open and transparent, ensuring every resident has the opportunity to learn about options and offer input. While the ESBC has selected the optimal site for the new school, plenty of work remains for the ESBC and it is critical we allow this committee to finish and achieve their goal. Re-electing Jon to the School Committee will ensure much needed consistency on the committee.
We consider ourselves fortunate to consider Jon a close friend and the town of Hopkinton is fortunate to have such a dedicated School Committee member, committed to making Hopkinton better today and for the next generation. We ask you to join us in supporting Jon Graziano for School Committee. Please be sure to go out and vote on May 18th
Troy and Amy Mick
My name is Troy Mick and I am writing in support of Jon Graziano’s re-election to the School Committee. I have had the pleasure of working with Jon on several town committees and am impressed with his dedication and leadership he provides on the School Committee.
Jon’s background in financial planning and process improvements has made him an integral part of the budget process and he has helped increase the transparency of the budget process as well as the fiscal management process as a whole. His hard work has helped maintain the value that has continued to launch our schools in the top state and national rankings. He has worked to maintain that value while still improving the programs of our schools, such as implementing Full Day Kindergarten for all students, and expanding the curricular and extra-curricular programs at our middle and high schools while continuing to reduce fees.
Jon has been a critical part of the Elementary School Building Committee and has helped the committee advance through the MSBA process while being sure to communicate clearly and effectively to the community so we can come together to propose the best educational model and solution for Center School. There will be significant growth and change in our community over the next few years and it will be important to have committee members with the knowledge and experience to effectively steer us through the challenges that we will face.
Since Jon and his family moved to Hopkinton they have been unwavering advocates of our schools and have given much of their time to help. Jon’s leadership and experience will be an important component of our school’s success moving forward. I encourage you to join me and vote for Jon Graziano for School Committee on May 18.