Dear Friends and Neighbors of Ward 2:
It is with great honor, pride and enthusiasm, that I announce my candidacy for re-election to the Ward 2 School Committee seat in Malden. As your current School Committee Representative, I want to take this opportunity to thank you for that outstanding support in the past and I respectfully ask for your support and vote on November 7, 2023 for Ward 2 School Committee.
I am a homeowner and taxpayer and I currently reside at 227 Emerald Street, Malden. The McCarthy family roots run deep in Ward 2 whereby my family has been residents of Ward 2 for over 100 years. Public service and the need to always give back to your community has been the hallmark of the McCarthy Family for many years. My father, Attorney Robert S. McCarthy served as the Ward 2 City Councillor for many years and my grandfather, John F. Glynn served Malden as a Malden Councillor at Large for many years as well. It is an honor for me to continue to follow in this fine tradition of public service to the citizens of Ward 2.
Educationally, I hold a Master’s Degree in School Leadership and School Administration. I also hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. I was nominated to the Alpha Lambda National Honor Society and the Delta Mu Delta Honor Society. I was also named to the President’s List for outstanding academic achievement.
For me, serving on the Malden School Committee is more than an elected post. Education is a way of life for me. As an educator, I educate students on a daily basis by providing them with the necessary academic skills to become college and career ready enabling them to succeed in life. I fully understand School Policy and its effect on the educational process.
As your current Ward 2 School Committee Representative, it is my fervent belief that protection of adequate class size is one of the major issues facing the Malden Public School. During School Committee Budget deliberations, appropriate class size guidelines and protections were developed and implemented to ensure an optimum learning environment for all students throughout the entire school system.
I have consistently addressed this issue head on and fought to allocate the necessary financial resources that allow for adherence to these class size guidelines. It is imperative that we continue to ensure that ALL class sizes have adequate enrollments and are educationally sound. As your School Committee Representative, it is paramount that I protect the appropriateness of adequate class size at the K-3 level and throughout the entire school system. It is in the best interests of our city’s future to invest in our schools and provide the necessary financial resources for our teachers and students to succeed. The schoolchildren of Malden deserve nothing less.
Students in the Kindergarten to Grade 3 Level are obtaining fundamental skills in Reading, Writing and Mathematics which will serve as the foundation of all future learning throughout their tenure within the Malden Public Schools. It is important to note that students at the K-3 level are learning to read which will serve a foundation for the Grade 4 through Grade 12 level where students areas reading to learn.
Based on the fact that I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management is a requisite skill set that I bring to the Malden School Committee. I fought to secure appropriate funding to provide balanced school budgets for our students that are responsible, fully-funded and educationally sound that puts the needs of ALL Malden students first. It is incumbent upon the school leaders to protect the academic learning environment within each and every classroom within the city when deliberating over the school budget process.
As your Ward 2 School Committee Representative, I fought to ensure that the curriculum addresses the needs of all learners with the implementation of Advanced Placement courses and applied Career and Technical Programs to ensure that all students are college and career ready while ensuring that ALL students who are experiencing Social Emotional issues have access to counseling and mental health services.
I have thoroughly enjoyed our numerous discussions in the past and I look forward to continuing to talk to the residents of Ward 2 about the important educational and financial issues facing our schools. I will heed your input relative to these issues and I will incorporate your thoughts and ideas into my deliberations at the Malden School Committee level.
I want to thank the voters of Ward 2 for your past overwhelming support whenever my name has been on your ballot. I will work hard to ensure that our children receive the best possible education we have to offer them. I respectfully ask for your vote on Tuesday, November 7, 2023.
All the Best!
Robert S. McCarthy, Jr.