Two far more candidates announce bids for Northampton School Committee’s at-significant seats

Revealed: 7/6/2021 7:57:45 PM

NORTHAMPTON — Two new candidates have emerged in the election for Faculty Committee, but it remains unclear if there will be sufficient men and women to fill the nine-member committee following November.

Gwen Agna, the longtime principal of Jackson Road Elementary College who retired previous 12 months, has announced her candidacy, while Longmeadow Community Educational institutions teacher Aline Davis has pulled nomination papers, according to the city clerk’s workplace.

Agna and Davis are working for the committee’s two at-massive seats, when at-big member Roni Gold has taken out nomination papers to request a next term. If all 3 candidates, or extra, are qualified for the Nov. 2 ballot, the two with the most votes will get the seats.

A overall of 5 College Committee customers have announced they will not request reelection, together with at-significant member Susan Voss. As of Tuesday, no one has taken out papers to represent Ward 2 or Ward 6 on the committee.

Margaret S. Robbins is working for the Ward 1 seat and Michael K. Stein is managing in Ward 4. Equally are at the moment unopposed. Operating for reelection are Emily Serafy-Cox (Ward 3), Dina Levi (Ward 5) and Kaia Goleman (Ward 7), all of whom are unopposed.

Agna was an educator for 45 decades, a lot more than three a long time of which she spent in Northampton. At first from Ohio, she arrived to Northampton in 1988 to provide as the district’s early childhood coordinator, and later, equity coordinator.

She served as interim principal at Bridge Road faculty in 1993 and took the helm of Jackson Avenue Faculty in 1996, exactly where she worked for 24 several years.

“I’m incredibly fascinated in supporting general public training, precisely in Northampton,” Agna stated. “I want to be a voice for all residents who have their young children in the schools, as nicely as the teachers.”

Agna is organizing a satisfy-and-greet event on Wednesday, July 7, from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Hampshire Heights housing intricate, unit 19C.

Davis, a second quality teacher at Blueberry Hill Elementary University in Longmeadow, has lived in Florence for 17 a long time and despatched her a few small children to Northampton Public Universities. She claimed she has been “looking for options to do what I can for this city, which I’ve come to assume of as my hometown.”

“With my skills and expertise, I feel I could seriously incorporate a whole lot,” Davis explained.

Nomination papers, obtainable by means of the city clerk’s place of work, are because of to the Board of Registrars by July 30 at 5 p.m. At-significant candidates must acquire signatures from 100 voters in Northampton in get to appear on the ballot, while ward candidates will have to acquire 50 signatures.

Brian Steele can be reached at [email protected]