Longmeadow School Committee member delivered his farewell address during the final meeting of the Longmeadow School Committee prior to the June 13, 2017 Town Elections. Clark is in his second and final, three year term on the Longmeadow School Committee.
In prepared remarks, Clark touched on many of the successes the Longmeadow Public Schools have witnessed during his six year tenure on the School Committee.
“Tonight is bittersweet for me and I am grateful for all of the people who have made these last six years a truly life changing and unforgettable experience,” Clark said. “Together we led the effort to write one of the most progressive social media policies in Massachusetts, one that has been modeled by other school district’s including Gill-Montague and Mohawk Regional School District’s. Together, we opened a beautiful new high school, a true hallmark of the time, energy, and sense of community that developed around the building project— and a true representation of our values.”
“Together, we expanded full day kindergarten access to all families, and we protected the rights of all of our students, regardless of the color of their skin, who they love, what they believe, where they are from, or their gender identity — a step we took at a time when protections for transgender students were not codified in state law.”
During his remarks, Clark thanked fellow School Committee members John Fitzgerald and Elizabeth Bone who are also ending their tenure on the School Committee this June. Clark also thanked members of the Administrative Team including Assistant Superintendent for Finance and Operations Tom Mazza, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Learning Sue Bertrand, Superintendent Martin O’Shea, and Administrative Assistant Dianne Georgantas who Clark described as a “true unsung heroine.”
In his remarks, Clark outlined his desire to see more young people volunteer for boards and committees, or to run for office themselves.
“Today, we should encourage more young people to get involved, not less. In a time when it seems like our very institutions are at risk, local government—school committee’s and select board’s—that’s where the real action happens,” Clark said. “That is where things that matter the most, great schools and safe streets happen.”
In his closing remarks, Clark said “Thank you. Thank you to the teachers, the town’s staff, the administrative team, our students, and everyone who has made my journey an incredible one. This isn’t the end of my public service, it’s the start of the next chapter.”
Michael Clark was elected to the Longmeadow School Committee in 2011 following his tenure as Clerk of the Longmeadow Finance Committee. Michael Clark currently serves as Senior Advisor and Director of Strategic Engagement to State Senator Eric P. Lesser (D- Longmeadow). He was named one of BusinessWest Magazine’s “40 Under 40” Class of 2016 and the 2014 “Best Local and City Official” by MassLive.com's Reader Raves. Clark also serves as a member of the Jewish Federation of Western Massachusetts and was recently named to the Advisory Board of the Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts “Young Women’s Initiative.”