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Brunette announces candidacy

Date: 5/11/2009

Tom Brunette has announced his candidacy for the one-year seat on the Longmeadow School Committee. Brunette, one of six children of a family rooted in the community since 1967, is a product of the Longmeadow Public Schools, participating at LHS as a three-sport athlete in football, basketball and lacrosse and in the system's acclaimed music program.

In support of his candidacy, Brunette pledges to:

maintain the excellence of the Longmeadow Public Schools;

keep the interests of LPS students paramount while facing current financial challenges;

make the difficult decisions to meet a responsible school budget within the overall town budget; and,

develop and support clarity, communication and cooperation between the School Committee and all other community stakeholders.

"I ask for your vote, because I want to give back to a community that has given so much to me and bestow that same opportunity and experience upon the children of our schools," Brunette said. "Longmeadow is a wonderful community in which to live and raise a family, but it will take hard work to keep it that way. As a teacher, I know the challenges and demands placed on public schools. I have an appreciation of the responsibilities of a School Committee that will allow me to offer valuable perspective and insight."

Brunette, a teacher of seven years, will be completing his third year at Springfield Central High School teaching ninth grade physics. He attended the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, earning a degree in microbiology and environmental science, and obtained a Masters of Education from Boston University.

Brunette resides at 187 Quinnehtuk Rd. with his wife and high school sweetheart, Erica (Stechenberg) Brunette, who is a former secondary school counselor and now raises their two daughters, Madeline and Emma, ages two and five months, respectively.

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