Dave Crandall - 2017 Election Questions

At several community meetings and candidate forums similar questions have been asked of myself and other candidates. I want to share these questions so those who may not have been able to attend can read my responses.

Question:

  • What do you think is the most significant problem facing Westborough? What do you think should be done short-term and long-term to address it?


Crandall Response:

  • Our biggest problems actually stem from our success. Westborough Schools are recognized locally and nationally. This draws many people to our community, and therefore Westborough Schools have a growing and increasingly diverse student body. It is critical that we maintain the standard of excellence that Westborough is known for while building a cohesive, inclusive community. This spans more than just diversity within the schools. I have always felt the school is part of the larger community, and residents without active students should see benefit from the schools and their interactions with the town. School and community working together doesn't stop when those kids graduate. We will have to manage to maintain excellence and well-being of our student population while respecting the needs of the community as a whole. It's important that we remain integrated as a community and work together for a continuously better Westborough. It is important that we remain focused on the relationship with the community to create the best Westborough.

Question:

  • Do we need a new school building? Is there construction that NEEDS to be done?


Crandall Response:

  • In my time on School Committee I spent many hours reviewing reports on building conditions, projected growth, and possible short and long term solutions. I am proud to see the hundreds of hours of research reformed to ensure we can informed decisions. 
    • The state assessment of our buildings, specifically Fales Elementary School, identified improvements that should be made and capacity issues wit our current population.
    • School population is expected to continue growing through the next 5 years
    • Quality of education and experience is directly related to class size. 
  • I feel we need to properly address the growth in our community and improve our facilities to accommodate our students. There are several proposals on how to accomplish this and over the next few months I hope to continue discussions that lead us to a long term, quality solution that we can afford.

Question:

  • Where can I find budget details before town meetings?


Crandall Response:

  • School Committee has a robust section of the www.westboroughk12.org website. There you will find.
    • Goals
    • Building initiatives
    • The long range strategic plan
    • Public meeting records and schedules
    • Policy Manual and Health & Safety Policy Manual
    • Contact information for School Committee members
    • Details on the 2017-2018 budget
  • In addition I always recommend www.westboroughtv.org. They maintain an archive of all public school committee meetings allowing anyone to hear the discussions and decisions made during each meeting.

Question:

  • Where do you stand on the Commercial Marijuana Opt-out vote this election cycle?


Crandall Response:

  • Drug use in schools is a serious issue. Alcohol, cigarettes, marijuana, opioids and others have found ways into schools and communities nationwide. Each of them effects our children's growth, security, learning, and health. The school committee (my self included) has voted against any access to commercial marijuana in Westborough repeatedly. I also support the Westborough Opt-Out on the ballot on March 7th.
    • I also want to add I am a firm believer in education of our children. Even without the ability to buy marijuana commercially in our community, we as parents, still need to engage with the discussion and inform our children about what drugs are and the negative effects they present. If Westborough passes the Opt-Out it is still my responsibility to have a conversation with my children with details about usage of any legal and illegal substances. Just because it isn't convenient doesn't mean we can ignore it.
    • I also realize that funding for town initiatives may require additional tax revenue in the future. The state may decide not to utilize marijuana tax dollars to support our town with Westborough opting out.  I hope this never happens and I will work to encourage the maximum support from Massachusetts but at this time I feel the impact of commercial marijuana to the community is more negative potential loss of state tax revenue.
    • Finally, Thank you to Jody Hensley (School Committee member for the past 6 years) who has worked tirelessly to educate the community on effects and concerns with commercial marijuana. Her latest public presentation can be found here curtesy of Westborough TV: Info Session re: Town Opting Out for Marijuana Businesses


Please check regularly as I will continue to add questions and responses.

Candidates Forum - Courtesy of Westborough TV

Westborough TV, in their continued efforts to keep the local community informed, recorded the candidates forum from Sunday, February 26th.

This event allowed community members to ask questions directly to all candidates.
Thank you again to Westborough TV and thank you to the Westborough Democratic Town Committee and the Willows of Westborough for hosting.  You can watch this presentation from Westborough TV anytime at: 


Dave Crandall - Pride in Public Schools

I have never considered private school for my children. It is a bold statement but something in my upbringing focused my attention and love on public schools. My mother was a public school teacher. So by extension, I knew a lot of public school teachers growing up. I attended Liberty, NY public schools growing up and worked closely with the administration as a student representative for several years. My wife's mother was also a public school teacher. I have seen the commitment and dedication teachers provide first hand.

When our kids were first born my wife and I discussed all the best schools in MA. We are lucky, MA has lots of great schools, but some are better then others. Our goal was to join a community before the kids began school and get involved so we could be part of the program. We intentionally chose Westborough for the schools. Both my wife and I have had years with over an hour commute since we moved to Westborough but it never bothered me. We are proud of the quality of Westborough schools and we are thankful to have found a way to join this community. The school is a large part of the community, and being on the School Committee I see first hand the trade offs and dependencies that are part of public school everyday. I like to think I am living with my decisions. If I cut a program it affects my kids, If I push a change in policy, I am directly impacted. It is important to have my children in the same school system, I am working for and I am proud to have this factor into my decisions as a parent and school committee member.

I know my children (Westborough class of '23, '25, and '30) will benefit directly from Westborough Schools and will have the oppertunity to grow, learn, and achieve greatness.

Dave Crandall - Westborough Volunteer

I am proud to have volunteered for many organizations in Westborough. My greatest commitment was to the Boroughs JCC (BJCC). I co-founded the organization in 2010 and committed 7 years to planning, organizing, and running the JCC programs, managing the building and grounds, and guiding the 100 child preschool (Boroughs JCC Preschool). Over the years I helped to create curriculums for toddler to Kindergarten age children, developed all creative and publicity, and guided adherence to regulatory requirements.

Along with the BJCC I spent time over the past 7 years volunteering in the Westborough public schools. As a DIGITS volunteer I promoted science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) to 6 grade students. I ran the 5th Grade Colonial Day in 2016 giving children a chance to experience a taste of life in colonial times. I coached youth soccer, youth basketball, and youth flag football with a focus on teamwork and enjoyment of the games. One of my proudest accomplishments was a collection of videos for Fales celebrating their 50th anniversary. It allowed me to gain a deeper understanding of Fales Elementary School history and how it shaped the people who shared those halls.

In 2016 I was appointed to the Westborough 300th Committee and I have been working to help plan and run the events celebrating the town tercentennial. Westborough has a deep rich history and our goal is to provide activities for every resident to celebrate 


And of course in October of 2016 I was appointed to the Westborough School Committee. I am honored to have been able to serve to date and look forward to more years of service to the town.

Dave Crandall - Early and Professional Background

I grew up in Liberty, New York a small town in the foothills of the Catskill mountains. I was active in school, yearbook editor, student council president, and other organizations. I was often the representative bringing the voice of students to the administration and school board. I was raised primarily by a single mother who, in addition to being a teacher, also acted as union president for several years. This early understanding and interaction with politics began my interest in eventually being part of a school board.


After leaving Liberty, I graduated from Carnegie Mellon University and began working in the tech industry for Lycos.com. Lycos relocated me to the Boston area. After Lycos I continued my career at VeriSign, ITA Software, and Google. I was part of acquisitions, layoffs, mergers, and amazing growth at each company. I built a reputation for delivering the best programs with minimal budget impacts. After Google I joined Umass Memorial Health Care to assist in the modernization and optimization of their technology.
www.lycos.com       www.verisign.com      www.google.com      Umass Memorial Health Care

Throughout my career I have been fortunate to work with some of the brightest technologists in the world. Together we have changed industries and launched programs and products that support millions of people. I repeatedly managing up to $50 million dollar budgets and 200+ person organizations as we worked to optimize efficiency in the products and services we delivered.

I am very proud of the professional opportunities I have enjoyed. I use that knowledge and experience in my volunteer efforts and community commitments. The knowledge I gained has allowed me to be efficient, creative, and successful in each new opportunity.

Visit my Linkedin page for additional information on my professional background. www.linkedin.com/in/dave-crandall-262a481