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Margie Ross Decter Runs Unopposed for Second Term 

Margie Ross Decter

Please vote 11/8 in municipal elections to help our schools!

My 2011 Endorsements

There is no greater place to work or live than Newton, MA. I believe this even more strongly now than two years ago when I was first elected to School Committee two years ago.

I have learned so much in my first term. While I live in Ward 8, I have been fortunate to visit every school in our district multiple times. I have met with every principal and have spoken to teachers, parents and students. It has been valuable to also meet with residents who no longer have children in the schools. The citywide perspective is an important consideration in all school policies.

As a Committee, we have accomplished much over the last two years, including:

  • hiring a dynamic new Superintendent (David Fleishman)
  • outsourcing food service with more nutritious and fresh offerings, and will save $1million annually
  • approved of short-term space relief at Countryside, Burr, Zervas and Horace Mann

Though I was a "new, first-termer," I was honored to help lead the following initiatives:

  • Drafing of budget guidelines which restored equity staffing to neediest schools and prioritized funding when faced with budget cuts
  • Improved community outreach by organizing visits to every school, creating regional budget forums, and drafting newsletters
  • Advocated for savings and improvements in health and health care

We have much we still need to accomplish including:

  • Successfully complete collective bargaining agreements
  • Approve and complete expansion of Day Middle School
  • Accelerate needed facility improvements for schools across our city
  • Preserve and improve our educational program despite funding challenges

With three children in Newton Public Schools (NPS), I continue to be committed to ensuring that our educational system will challenge each of our kids to excel despite increased budgetary pressure and student enrollment. Our children and teachers are still coping with overcrowded classes and inadequate space, and our facilities have been neglected. We are poised to make some exciting changes, and I am honored to have the chance to continue to challenge our system to innovate and to accelerate needed improvements.

I look forward to our continued dialogue on the priorities that will ensure Newton Schools stay excellent. Feel free to contact me at any time.




Why am I running?

I believe our children deserve to be challenged in school--no matter where they are on the learning continuum. With three children in our school system, we have experienced a school system that aspires to greatness, but lacks the financing and infrastructure to fully deliver.

I will spark innovation and foster change to ensure that Newton delivers on its promise of educational excellence for our all children while creating fiscal sustainability. I WANT to make a difference.

Why Vote for Me?

As a business owner, management executive and a Board leader, I have 20 years of experience helping diverse organizations successfully navigate change, hire visionary leadership, solve complex organizational problems, and improve their performance within shrinking budgets.

When I am on the School Committee, I will challenge assumptions, make informed decisions, and advocate creative solutions through a transparent and productive public engagement process. Together, we can achieve learning excellence and financial sustainability.  We CAN make a difference!

I cannot accomplish these goals without your involvement. I look forward to earning your support and your vote.

“Margie is a critical thinker and creative problem solver with a proven track record of delivering results. She is exactly the kind of person we need on the School Committee during these challenging times. ” 
Ward 8 Alderman Cheryl Lappin

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email: mrossdecter@comcast.net or call 617-965-3003


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What is Your Opinion?

Your opinion matters to me! I am committed to listening to your ideas and expanding input from the community. During my campaign, I will be posting surveys on my website. I hope you will take the time to respond; they will always be brief and take you very little time to complete. I also welcome suggestions for questions to post. Thank you for sharing your feedback! 

What is your top concern for the Newton public schools?