As a proud graduate of Angier Elementary, Brown Middle School, and Newton South High School, I'm committed to making sure we continue to have strong public schools in Newton. They are a big part of what makes Newton what it is today. In Newton, education policy is primarily controlled by the School Committee, but the City Council plays a key supporting role in many areas. Maintaining strong public schools means well-funded programs, staff, facilities, and more. We need to continue renovations and replacements of school buildings that have suffered from years of deferred maintenance, and the City Council has a big say in these improvements. Here in Ward 5, we're fortunate to have two brand new school buildings, but there will be many more major building projects across the city in the future, and everyone on the City Council will have a vote on those decisions.