Mary Anne Seraphin, Westford Resident
I am writing in support of William (Bill) McDonald’s candidacy for the Westford School Committee in the upcoming May 2 election.
I first met Bill a few months ago, after he declared his candidacy. We met at Muffins on Main for coffee. I felt immediately at ease in his presence. It became clear to me within minutes that Westford is very fortunate to have someone with his experience running for School Committee.
Bill is the principal of the SEEM Prep Program – part of the SEEM Collaborative — a therapeutic high school in Wakefield. The SEEM Collaborative serves students ages 14 – 22 with moderate to severe special needs. The program’s primary goal is to provide a functional academic curriculum with vocational training to support the development of student’s social, academic, and vocational skills to enable them to transition successfully into their communities as adults.
A significant proportion of Westford’s student body is served by IEPs, 504s, and the like. Bill’s experience in this area makes him a huge asset. Prior to becoming a principal, he spent many years as an aide and then as a classroom teacher. He has a clear understanding of the stress both school staff members and students feel.
In addition, he has two young children of his own, one of whom is in the Westford Public Schools. He and his family are relatively new to town, but he has hit the ground running. He is compassionate, empathetic, and driven. An unflappable problem solver and excellent communicator, he would be an excellent advocate for Westford schools.
I wholeheartedly encourage Westford residents to join me in voting for William (Bill) McDonald for Westford School Committee on May 2.