| Newton MA News and Politics BlogPaul Levy, father of Newton Public Schools students–including one in Kindergarten in Fall 2021–and 40-year resident of Oxford Road, today officially announced his candidacy for the open Ward 6 seat on the Newton School Committee in the November 2021 election.

I believe I can make a real difference in the lives of our students,” said Levy. “I know that students need great educators to maximize their success.  As a father and as a long-time Newton soccer coach, I’ve learned that our educators in turn can be most effective when they have meaningful organizational support. 

My entire professional career has been spent leading complex organizations that face significant challenges, and exciting opportunities, as Newton Public Schools does today.  I have also served on both private and public sector boards and have worked with other directors and leaders of organizations to identify and implement needed changes.

“I work collaboratively and respectfully with governing bodies, staff, and constituents to accomplish meaningful progress, as demonstrated by my record.  I can’t wait to bring this experience to the Newton School Committee.”

Levy’s professional background includes:

CEO of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center,

Adjunct Professor of Environmental Policy at MIT;

Executive Director of the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority during the Boston Harbor Cleanup;

Chair of Governor Mike Dukakis’s Department of Public Utilities;

Director of Governor Bill Clinton’s Department of Energy in Arkansas.

Levy said, “I am grateful and pleased to already have the endorsements listed on my website of hundreds of Newton voters throughout the entire city representing a broad cross-section of our residents.”

His website also includes testimonials from many people with whom he has interacted over the years.  For example, Katie Kavanagh, NNHS ’00 and now Senior Attorney with the non profit California Cooperative for Immigrant Justice, said:

As a coach, Paul instilled lessons in teamwork, humility, and self-discipline that I carry with me in my work to this day. He has supported my career and my family at numerous junctures over the last 30 years. He is a generous, kind, talented, and dedicated father, coach, leader, and community member who will make an incredible addition to the Newton School Committee.

Levy’s priorities, if elected, include the following:        

Focusing on a series of problems related to the pandemic that will impact Newton’s students going forward.  The disruption in education is pervasive through the vast diversity of student learners.  And there is no doubt that the emotional impact on teachers has also been substantial and needs to be addressed in an empathetic and positive manner.

Reducing class sizes to facilitate more individualized instruction.

Renovating additional school buildings so they are excellent environments for teachers and students.

Continuing our investment in Special Education programs for those eligible for an IEP.

 Championing our commitment to a more pluralistic and welcoming school environment, with the goal of creating a community of people who will advocate for one another’s equal standing.

Building the community’s trust and confidence in school administration, especially through increased transparency of decision-making.”