At each North Andover School Committee meeting, there 8 people who sit behind the desk: 5 School Committee members and 3 administrators, including the Superintendent. Of those 8 people, there are mothers, and there are fathers. There are teachers and education professionals. But there is one group that is fundamental to any school system that is not represented.
My name is Mark Mezzina, and I am a candidate for North Andover School Committee. I am a bit of a rarity among candidates for public office, since I have not had my 20th birthday yet (it’s coming up in May). One of the primary reasons I am running is because I believe the School Committee could benefit from someone who has a uniquely important perspective on educational issues, someone who as a student and a recent graduate of high school has been immersed in the world of education for as long as I can remember. I believe that I can use my direct experience to benefit the students of North Andover.
Recently there was a controversy over the new Standards-Based Grading system. Having been in situations myself where I don't understand a grade that I got, or there is a miscommunication with a teacher, I know how frustrating it can be for students. While this issue in particular has been cleared up, there will almost certainly be situations in the near future that demand good communication, and clear understanding from all parties involved. Can my perspective as a student aid in that communication? I believe the answer is yes.
Particularly in today's society, students need people that they can look up to and emulate. As a 19-year old who has chosen to get civically involved, I can both relate to students, and also show them how to make good life decisions. Test scores and grades are important to students, but so are life lessons. More young people getting active in their community can only be a good thing for our town's future. Maybe having someone they can relate to on School Committee can serve as inspiration for them to make good choices.
We need an open, transparent local government. We need a School Committee that strives for academic excellence by listening to all perspectives, including the students. We need people who have a stake in the future to get involved and chart the course of that future. These are the things that I stand for, and these are the things I hope to promote if elected. And with that in mind, I humbly ask for your support March 26.
You can visit my website at www.mezzinaschoolcommittee.org or my Facebook at www.facebook.com/MezzinaSchoolCommittee