I participated in the hiring of two superintendents and one interim superintendent:
I was recently appointed to the Building Committee.
As a 46 year resident and 44 year homeowner, I've paid several hundred thousand dollars in property taxes. I'm proud of the town and schools my taxes helped build and I want to see them preserved.
I support evidence based, data-driven policymaking, long term planning, and good relations with the Town Council.
During my 16 year career at Stonehill I was:
Before that, I worked in government and industry for 27 years.
My wife Sheila and I moved to East Greenwich in 1976 just after we were married. At the time Sheila was a classroom teacher at the Trudeau Center and I was working as a Biostatistician at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Lab in Narragansett.
We had a foster child go through Cole and the high school in the 1990s.
People I never knew served on the school board that helped make GHS as good as it was.
I believe it's my turn to serve now.
Thesis advisor: Dr. R. Choudary Hanumara
Thesis advisor: Dr. Gerry Ladas
Prior to being elected to the School Committee in 2018, I served as a community member of what was then known simply as the finance committee.
That was my first exposure to the realities of public education financing.
One of our biggest fundraising events was the Falmouth road race. I was a team member for several years, but only actually ran once (2014).
In 2015 I did a summer research project funded by the Robert Noyce Teacher Grant at Stonehill College. We investigated the operational properties of the Student Growth Percentile (also known as the Rhode Island Growth Model.
We showed that it is a rather noisy measure.
I presented the results at the 2016 New England Statistics Symposium at Yale University.
In 2014 I was first author on a poster titled "Investigation of multiple episodes in the longitudinal course of body dysmorphic disorder and comorbid major depressive disorder". I presented it at Mind-Brain Research Day at Brown University and at the International OCD Foundation conference in Chicago.
In a four-hour meeting with the council president and vice president in December of that year, I presented irrefutable evidence that the actual median percentage increase was 13.3% (equivalent to 2.5% per year).
Up to that point, they were insisting the 51% number was correct, and they used it to justify level-funding the schools. The required cuts made EGHS the only one in the state without a librarian, and threatened to drop its accreditation from Fully Accredited to Warning Status.
One of the first things the current council did was to provide a supplemental appropriation that enabled us to restore many of the programs that were cut.
In$ight Consolidated Databases are posted on the RIDE website for the school years 2001-2002 through 2008-2009.
Unfortunately, they are stored in a proprietary format (Microsoft Access) which makes them very difficult to work with. Using the open source MDB Tools software I was able to extract the contents of the tables, generate a database schema for the open source relational database MariaDb and produce a denormalized version of the data.
Using the fire department accountability logs obtained by Captain William Perry, I constructed an 18-month shift-by-shift history of fire department operations. There is not a single instance of this scenario actually occurring.
The department was short-handed and if anything firefighters were trying to avoid overtime as evidenced by the abnormally high orderback rate (an orderback occurs when an overtime shift is offered and no one volunteers. In that case, someone is ordered to work the shift).