From the Tracey Leah Pratt for Somerville School Committee campaign, May 10, 2017: East Somerville resident Tracey Leah Pratt is announcing her candidacy for Ward 1 School Committee. She is working on attaining the required 120 signatures from the East Somerville neighborhood before June 27.

As a member of the Somerville School Committee, Pratt said, she would work diligently to serve Somerville’s 5,000 students by creating equitable education policy, partnering with families and community members and enhancing the talented educational staff within the Somerville Public Schools. Her platform items include providing equal opportunity and access for all students, solidifying family and community partnerships, and recruiting, developing and retaining talented educators.

“The stability of any community depends greatly on the success of its public schools. As a 17-year career public educator, I’ll bring a unique perspective to the School Committee because of the various roles I’ve held within the Cambridge Public Schools. One of my main goals will be to provide an open communication network so that our children, teachers, families and the community at large know their voice will be heard, perspectives considered and ideas respected. Through me, each stakeholder will have a seat at the School Committee table,” Pratt said.

Pratt moved to Bonair Street in East Somerville seven years ago. When looking for a home, she found the East Somerville community desirable because of its stability, diversity and affordability, she said. “I’m looking forward to knocking on each door in my Ward 1 community to introduce myself and share ideas about education in Somerville,” Pratt said.

For information and updates about Pratt’s campaign, like her Facebook page.