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Denise Hurst is up for re-election to the Springfied School Committee At Large. She has served the children of Springfield tirelessly for the last eight years and has no intentions to stop. Learn more about Denise Hurst for School Committee on http://www.vote411.com let’s ensure she returns to the school committee so she can continue her service to our children and city.

 

Springfield School Committee member Denise Hurst announces she has votes to become vice-chairwoman in 2014

The Republican, November 15, 2013

By: Peter Goonan

SPRINGFIELD — At-large School Committee member Denise M. Hurst says she has the support of all committee members to become vice-chairwoman in 2014.

Hurst, who was the top vote-getter of all School Committee and City Council candidates in the Nov. 5 election, said she looks forward to serving in the leadership position. The mayor automatically serves as chairman, while the committee chooses the vice-chairman on an annual basis.

“This is an opportunity to continue demonstrating leadership and working collaboratively with my School Committee colleagues and Superintendent (Daniel) Warwick to move the school district forward,” Hurst said in a prepared release.

In recent years, the vice-chairman has changed annually, and Hurst is in line to replace current Vice-Chairman Peter Murphy. The School Committee has seven members, including Mayor Domenic J. Sarno.

Hurst said she has the support of Sarno and Murphy (the District 4 representative), as well as Barbara Gresham (District 2), Christopher Collins (District 3), and newly elected members Calvin J. McFadden (at-large), and Rosa Perez (District 1), and her own vote.

This is the second time she is serving as vice-chairman, also serving in 2010, during her second year in office. A key duty of the vice-chairman is the appointment of all standing subcommittees and special committees.

Hurst’s announcement follows the recent announcement by Councilor Michael A. Fenton that he believes he has the majority of votes from his colleagues to serve as council president in 2014.

Hurst said progress is being made within the school system, but she recognizes there is still a “tremendous amount of work to do.”

“I do not believe there is one solution to improving academic achievement, increasing the graduation rate and decreasing the drop-out rate,” Hurst said. “There are a variety of factors that need to be taken into account, such as access to quality, early childhood education, parental and community involvement, interventions to ensure children are in school on a daily basis and receiving tiered instruction based on their learning needs.”

Hurst said she will strive to increase the School Committee presence within the community by conducting “School Committee Meet & Greets” throughout the city.

In campaigning, Hurst said there were many people who admitted not known their School Committee representative or even understanding the role of the committee, and Hurst said she is “committed to changing this.”

Hurst has been active with the Massachusetts Association of School Committees, including as a delegate to its annual conference and as the association’s District V secretary/treasurer.
 

http://www.masslive.com/news/index.ssf/2013/11/springfield_school_committee_m_7.html

 

Continua el apoyo hacia Denise Hurst para el puesto en el comité escolar de Springfield

El Pueblo Latino, September 4, 2013

By: Damaris Perez-Pizarro

De izquierda a derecha Kenneth E. Shea, Cheryl Coakley-Rivera, Maria Estrada, Denise Hurst, Carmen Rosa, Bárbara Gresham, Marjorie Hurst y el candidato a concejal Justin Hurst. (Foto por Damaris Pérez-Pizarro | El Pueblo Latino)

En el día 28 de agosto, Denise Hurst quien es miembro actual del comité escolar de Springfield, tuvo un apoyo variado de diferentes ex miembros de comités de escuelas públicas cerca del área de Springfield, para darse cita en las escaleras de la alcaldía de Springfield.

Denise compartió su deseo de enfocarse en aumentar la tasa de graduación, disminuir el índice de deserción escolar y que los padres también se eduquen.

La señora Hurst también dijo en cuanto a una de las razones por la cual ella decidió en correr otra vez para la posición en el comité escolar fue porque “Sentí que era mi responsabilidad de seguir siendo una defensora del sistema escolar, sobre todo porque soy una graduada del sistema escolar local, y veo que los datos de información estan en una tendencia que va en sentido positivo y realmente quiero asegurarme de que nos mantengamos en esa ruta.”

Ella también compartió su deseo de que los padres también puedan envolverse con sus hijos en cuanto a la educación y dijo “queremos asegurarnos de que nuestros niños tengan acceso a una buena educación y que sus padres, que no han tenido esa oportunidad sean capaces de conseguir esa educación también y que puedan aprender juntos y cuando aprenden juntos creo que eso es muy poderoso.”

Por ahora hay una nueva estrategia para las escuelas de nivel 4. Denise nos informó que durante la primavera en el mes de mayo el comité escolar se reunió con el comité de EdLabs de Harvard, para asociarse y poder ayudar a aquellos alrededor de la escuela, es una asociación. Ella continuó diciendo “así que la participación de los padres, con la participación de la comunidad, tenemos un montón de iniciativa en torno a la lectura de cuarto grado, así que creo que todas estas iniciativas nos ayudara a avanzar hacia la dirección correcta.”

Uno de los allí presente fue el señor Jake Oliveira quien es parte del comité de las escuelas en Ludlow y el piensa que Denise es una buena candidata para seguir trabajando con el comité escolar porque según dijo “ella es muy activa como miembro de la asociación del comité de escuelas, la cual ella representa todos los miembros del comité en el condado de Massachusetts y ella es bien activa en cuanto a las pólizas del estado.” El también dijo que ella fue una de las cinco personas que representó nacionalmente al comité de escuela en la conferencia de la pasada primavera.

Por otro lado la señora Liz Lafond, quien es una ex miembro de las escuelas de Hatfield, dijo y reconoció que Denise es una líder femenina de buen carácter y un buen modelo de ejemplo.

El Alcalde Domenic Sarno por su parte dijo que en su experiencia trabajando con Denise desde una perspectiva como trabajadora social, “ella es bien compasiva, bien inteligente, en la forma que procesa los pensamientos, es bien prudente en ellos para tomar decisiones al mirar las varias formas de resolver los problemas.”

La señora Carmen Rosa, quien es una ex miembra del comité escolar dijo que conocía a Denise desde que ella estaba en la escuela superior y añadió diciendo “lo mas que me ha gustado de Denise es que ella tiene un espíritu de servir. Ella desea servir a los ciudadanos de la ciudad. Lo ha hecho desde la escuela superior cuando estuvo en los cheerleader, después hizo trabajo como voluntaria en la Universidad de Massachusetts, trabajando en Every Women Center con mujeres que han sido abusadas, trabajó en la YMCA sirviéndole a los niños de cómo resolver los conflictos
y lo último que ha hecho es servirle a los niños como una persona representando a los niños en las escuelas.”

La señora Rosa termino diciendo que al Denise ser una persona que se graduó aquí en el sistema escolar local y al ser latina “creo que tiene todas las calificaciones para seguir representando a nuestros niños, no algunos niños pero a todos los niños y por eso y mucho más yo la apoyo.”

http://www.masslive.com/elpueblolatino/index.ssf/2013/09/continua_el_apoyo_hacia_denise.html#incart_river#incart_m-rpt-1

 

 

INCUMBENT SCHOOL COMMITTEE MEMBER DENISE HURST GAINS SUPPORT FROM HEAVY HITTERS

African-American Point of View, Our Community Newspaper, September 1,2013

By: Robert McCollum and Carmen Rosa

Current School Committee Member Denise M. Hurst (center) is surrounded by Former School Committee Members Front Row: Beth Conway and Robert McCollum. Back Row L to R: Thomas Ashe, Kenneth Shea, Carmen Rosa and Marjorie Hurst 

Denise M. Hurst, an incumbent in the Springfield At Large School Committee race, has some heavy hitters supporting her candidacy for reelection. In a most unprecedented move, six former School Committee members have come together to endorse a current School Committeeperson. Thomas Ashe, Beth Conway, Marjorie Hurst, Robert McCollum, Carmen Rosa and Kenneth Shea, all respected former School Committee members themselves, gladly stand behind Denise in her bid for a second term on the School Committee and are planning a fundraiser on her behalf on September 25th at The Cedars at 5:30 p.m. Each of the former members is able to point to a specific reason for their support of Denise. 

Beth Conway who served 12 years on the School Committee had this to say: “Denise is a strong advocate for the students in Springfield. She has proven herself to be a leader on the School Committee in her first term and should be reelected to a second term as a solid representative of our community. Denise displays sound judgment and an unwavering belief that all of our city’s children and adults are entitled to a quality education. Denise’s commitment is to ensure our youth are prepared to take on life’s challenges while becoming productive citizens. It is without hesitation I support Denise Hurst in her run for School Committee.”

Bob McCollum and Carmen Rosa, long term members of St. John’s Congregation Church where Denise also is a member, have taken the lead in organizing the fundraiser being held for Denise and orchestrated a recent press conference announcing the support of the six former members for Denise.

Bob, like Beth, is equally approving of what Denise brings to the School Committee. Having spent  most of his career working with youth, he is emphatic in his belief that it is time to help a the next generation enter into Springfield’s politics. “Not only is it important to pass the torch to the next generation, but it is critical that we keep nourishing the flame. Denise has done a great job for the students and in representing the taxpayers and parents of Springfield. She deserves a second term,” he said in endorsing her reelection bid.

  Carmen Rosa, who has known Denise since high school, summed up her feelings as follows: “Simply put, I support Denise because I witnessed firsthand her growth in the Springfield school system as a student.” She added: “Denise and my daughter, Jacqueline, are contemporaries and were both cheerleaders for Central High School. I witnessed Denise’s educational trajectory from Central to the University of Massachusetts.”She went on to say: “This young lady exemplifies exactly what we, as parents, wish for our children―acquiring higher education and having the willingness to “pass it on” by serving as good citizens. Many young people in the city earn an education and move away to bigger and more sophisticated cities; over all, I do not blame them. However, young people like Denise who decide to stay here deserve our support for their loyalty to stay behind and serve.” Concluding, Carmen added: “It is clear to me that Denise is a conscientious young woman who understands the value of a good education and desires to serve to ensure others receive a quality education from the city’s schools. Moreover, from my perspective, it does not go unnoticed that Denise’s candidacy is representative of many in our city: women, Latinos (she’s bilingual), African Americans and graduates of the Springfield Public School System. I feel confident that Denise will be an advocate for all students in the school system.”

These same sentiments were echoed by former School Committee members Kenneth Shea and Thomas Ashe, both currently serving as members of Springfield’s City Council.

Ken, referred to affectionately as the “Dean” of the school committee, having served 24 years before deciding to run in 2009 for the Ward 6 City Council seat, commented: “I don’t know if endorsements really help, but in case they do, Denise has mine. It’s pretty easy to see that she is already making significant contributions to the School Committee.”

Tom Ashe, who also left the school committee in 2009 after serving for 10 years, and who ran for and won an At Large seat on the City Council, was unequivocal in his response when asked if he would support Denise in her reelection efforts. He said, “Of course she has my support. Whatever you want me to do, I’ll do.” And he has. It probably helps that his family and the Hursts became close when he and Marjorie served together and that they have supported each other politically since then.

And last but by no means least, Marjorie Hurst is a strong supporter of Denise’s. She was overheard at a recent campaign meeting saying: “It’s a no brainer; of course, Denise is my candidate!” That comment elicited a laugh from everyone in the room since Denise is her daughter-in-law and Marjorie is serving as Denise’s campaign manager. In all seriousness, though, Denise decided to run for school committee after Marjorie announced to her family in early 2009 that she was not going to seek another term. Marjorie remembers Denise saying at the time that being on the school committee was something she’s always wanted to do. And Marjorie could not be prouder of the job Denise is doing.

“The fact that Denise ran for and won the seat I was vacating was thrilling and to watch her continue the work I did with the Massachusetts Association of School Committees is wonderful. It is important that Springfield stays connected to the state organization and has a voice on our regional and urban school committees. I couldn’t be happier with Denise’s work on the School Committee and her dedication and commitment to Springfield’s children.” ■

http://www.afampointofview.com/

 

Springfield School Committee member Denise Rosemond-Hurst seeks 2nd term 

The Republican, August 22, 2013 at 8:15 PM
By Jack Flynn

SPRINGFIELD - School Committee member Denise M. Rosemond-Hurst is running for re-election to the seven-member school board.

Denise Rosemond-Hurst

Rosemond-Hurst, 33, of 1746 Parker St., is completing her first, four- year term.

During her tenure, Rosemond-Hurst served as chairwoman of a subcommittee that developed policies to improve student and teacher attendance, prevent bullying and promote parent and community engagement.

She also served as vice chair for one year; Mayor Domenic J. Sarno is the committee chairman.

“It has been a privilege to serve the children of the city of Springfield and I look forward to continuing to ensure a first-rate, quality education for future generations,” she said


A graduate of Springfield Central High School and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Rosemond-Hurst also received a master’s in social work from Springfield College.

She spent 10 years working as a licensed clinical social worker and currently works as an administrator for the state Department of Mental Health.

Her mother-in-law, former School Committee member Marjorie J. Hurst, will be her campaign manager.

Rosemond-Hurst said she is committed to being a strong advocate for the parents, children, school staff and concerned citizens of Springfield.

“All children currently enrolled in the Springfield Public School System, and the many that will follow, need the same quality education that she and her husband, as well as many others have obtained as graduates of the Springfield public school system,” she said.

Her priorities will include working with my fellow committee members, Superintendent Daniel J. Warwick, parents and community members to improve academic performance, increase graduation rates, decrease the drop-out rate and support adult education.

http://www.masslive.com/politics/index.ssf/2013/08/school_committee_member_denise.html#incart_river

 

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