Gail Holloway is a candidate for the School Committee. In addition to being a life-long resident of Auburn and a graduate of Auburn Public Schools, Holloway taught Auburn’s sixth graders for 41 years, retiring in June of 2010. During her tenure, Holloway had the opportunity to work at Auburn Middle School, Julia Bancroft, Mary D. Stone, Pakachoag, and Randall schools.
Holloway earned her B.A. at Regis College and her M.Ed. at Worcester State College. She did further graduate level work at Assumption. Since retiring, she became a town meeting member and has also served on the School Building Master Plan Team, the Middle School Re-use Committee, and the Strategic Plan Committee. In June, Gail and her husband will celebrate 40 years of marriage.
AMD: What do you feel qualifies you to be on the School Committee?
Holloway: In addition to being a life-long resident and Auburn teacher for 41 years, I also spent my last five years as Auburn’s Education Association President. This position enabled me to work with all staff, the Superintendent, and town finance officer. I was also privileged to attend various educational conferences offered by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education for Superintendents and Teacher-leaders.
AMD: What would you improve in our public schools?
Holloway: I would work to continue Auburn’s progress meeting the goals of its Strategic Plan. This would include advances in technology and learning opportunities for students of all abilities and interests.
AMD: What do you feel is the biggest issue facing the school committee?
Holloway: The most immediate issues will be the hiring of a new business manager and a permanent Special Education Director. Then there will be the on going planning for the opening of the new middle school in September 2015 along with the building transitions most of the younger students will also be making.
AMD: Do you have an opinion on the Common Core Initiative?
Holloway: The Common Core was designed to align curriculums across the country. Some subject matter had to be shifted to different grade levels. But for Auburn, most of our curriculum easily aligned to the Common Core. My main concern in following the Common Core would be that we don’t omit parts of our curriculum that we have always deemed important.
AMD: How would the Committee benefit from your presence?
Holloway: I feel I have the time and expertise to be a positive influence on the Auburn School Committee. I am also keenly aware of the financial constraints some of our citizens might have, and would always be mindful of those issues while preparing a school department budget.
In conclusion, Holloway added, “When I taught, I was always there for my students. Now I want to continue to be there for all the children of Auburn.”