HAYES FOR SCHOOL COMMITTEE: Listening Tour -- Week #3 (of 16)

I'm running for re-election to the Wilmington School Committee and I want to hear from YOU!

My name is Robert Hayes and I'm running for re-election to the Wilmington School Committee.  I intend on using this Wilmington Patch blog over the next 4 months to provide readers with a weekly campaign update, focused particularly on how I'm striving to listen to their questions, comments, concerns, suggestions and ideas!

Always Listening:

This week and every week, voters can contact me via phone (978-604-8933) or email (hayesforschoolcommittee@live.com), plus through my campaign's WebsiteFacebook, and Twitter.  I will respond to all inquiries within 24 hours, typically much sooner.  (If you already have a 'non-campaign' way to contact me, that will stork work too!)

Weekly Online Listening Survey:

This week, I am conducting a simple TWO-question online survey -- What do you see as our school district's TOP 3 areas of strength and TOP 3 areas of weakness?  The anonymous survey can be found HERE.  

The previous weekly surveys can still be found HERE and HERE.

Weekly In-Person Listening Hours:

This week, I'll be holding my 'listening hours' at Panera Bread (228 Main Street, inside Wilmington Plaza) from 2pm to 4pm on Saturday, January 26.  Drop-in and share  with me any questions, comments or concerns you have with our school system in an informal setting.  (I will be wearing a bright red New England Patriots sweatshirt.) 

As a reminder, I will be there in my capacity as a candidate -- not a member of any committee -- and will be speaking 100% for myself.  Additionally, I will not discuss anything remotely related to the lawsuit holding up the high school building project.  Finally, I will bring copies of the district's Chain of Communication to point you in the right direction for answers to questions outside the purview of a school committee candidate.  All that said, I really look forward to hearing what's on your mind!

Weekly Door-To-Door Visits:

After reviewing the results of the Week #1 survey, I've decided to NO LONGER conduct door-to-door canvassing.  You were clear in your dislike for door-to-door visits, so I've listened!

Community and School Events:
This week, I'll be attending several community and school events.  My "listening ears" will be on, but I will not be campaigning at these events as they are not meant for campaigning. I plan on attending the Wilmington Substance Abuse Coalition Meeting (Tuesday, January 22, 2:30pm-3:30pm); the Wilmington Varsity Wrestling Meet (Wednesday, January 23, 6pm; will leave early); and the WHS Art Slam (Thursday, January 24, 7pm).  Additionally, the School Committee (Wednesday, January 23, 7pm) is meeting this week.  Got an event you think it would be beneficial for me to attend and listen in on?  Let me know!

This blog post was originally published HERE.

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Kevin MacDonald January 20, 2013 at 03:54 AM
Always listening but ignoring what an oil contaminated area could have on the finances of the town? Do you have to keep quiet so you don't reveal that you are supporting nonsense selectmen for reelection? You have been given an alternative cost estimating company's cost models per square feet to build a school here on patch (reed construction data)yet all there is are crickets. Where is the leadership that should be protecting the town's finances? Why don't you comment on the Central Registry? Are all contracts going out for competitive bid?
Kevin MacDonald January 20, 2013 at 06:39 PM
Mr. Hayes would you like to elaborate on the extensive amount of chemicals in the ground up tires that are being proposed to be installed for an artificial turf field in close proximity to ground water at Wilmington High School? Are these chemicals cancer causing chemicals? There appears to be some disrespect shown to a direct abutter named Gerry O'Reilly who has concerns about his water quality. Are you aware that a water line does not go down Wildwood Street and that there are other residents whose water wells may be compromised if chemicals leach into their wells. Mr. Hayes, you are in a position where you can stand up for people to protect them against having their wells polluted and having the town endure financial loss due to potential resulting massive lawsuits. I haven't heard you trying to do this. Am I missing something from you?


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