My name is Craig Gruber and I am running for Wayland School Committee.
I have been a high school teacher, high school administrator, college professor and college administrator for my entire professional life. When we moved to Wayland six years ago, we did it because of the fantastic education that my wife had when she went through the Wayland Schools, and we knew that that opportunity would be fantastic for our three children. With a child in the elementary school, Middle School, and High School, we have seen and experienced each level that Wayland has to offer. It is because of Wayland’s commitment to excellence that I ran for School Committee last year, and why I am running again this year.
The last two years have been trying. They have been a challenge, and moving forward, we need to ensure that our school committee represents our community and brings expertise to the decisions we make. What makes my candidacy even more relevant today is not only the fact that I am a licensed administrator in Massachusetts, not that I have won national awards for my teaching in high schools, but that I currently run a lab on Decision Sciences. We study how to make better decisions, and understand the second and third order effects of the decisions we make. With that knowledge we help people make better decisions.
What Wayland needs is good, informed decisions that will ripple excellence through our schools, teachers, staff, and administrators. Wayland has some of the best teachers and administrators in the commonwealth. They ensure that our children receive the best education possible. I am running for school committee to renew our town’s commitment to excellence and support of our schools, teachers, staff, and of course, our students.
We need to examine our budgeting and spending to ensure that we are the best stewards of our resources as taxpayers. That we deliver on the promise of the best education for all of our students.
I am running for School Committee for Wayland. I have not run for other offices in town before. I’m running again because I am passionate about Wayland. I am a BAYS youth soccer coach (come and watch my daughter on our 5th grade team!), and will be speaking this spring as part of Wayland Public Library’s Great Presenters (Tuesday May 9th, “Evidence of Things Unseen: How National Security Influences Actions Home and Abroad”).
I am engaged and passionate. I’m direct. I’m transparent. I’ve been to a lot of school committee meetings over the past two years, and I want to address issues and problems when they are small ones. If we ignore them or wish them away, they don’t get better, and we don’t get accountability. The job of the School Committee is to supervise the superintendent and make policy. As a teacher and administrator, I have experience with that.
We need straight talk and a serious approach to the decisions that will shape our town for years to come.
I humbly and respectfully ask for your vote on April 25th.