Diana Fisher Gomberg

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Diana Fisher Gomberg
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Board Member, Newton School Committee, Ward 4
Incumbent
Term ends
2015
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First electedNovember 8, 2011
Next generalNovember, 2015
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sYale University
Master'sHarvard University School of Public Health
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Diana Fisher Gomberg is the Ward 4 member of the Newton School Committee. She was first elected to the chamber in 2011 and she won re-election on November 5, 2013.

Biography

Diana Gomberg resides in Newton, Massachusetts. Gomberg earned her B.A. degree in American Studies and Environmental Studies from Yale University and her M.S. degree in Health Promotion from the Harvard University School of Public Health.[1] She has worked for both the Department of Children and Families as an administrator and Isis Parenting as an instructor.[2]

Elections

2013

See also: Newton Public Schools elections (2013)

Opposition

Diana Gomberg ran unopposed to keep her Ward 4 seat in the general election on November 5, 2013.

Results

Newton Public Schools, Ward 4 General Election, 2-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngDiana Fisher Gomberg Incumbent 99% 5,904
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 1% 57
Total Votes 5,961
Source: Newton, Massachusetts, "Official Results - November 5, 2013," accessed December 18, 2013

Funding

Diana Gomberg reported no contributions and an existing balance of $65.63 along with $30.00 in expenditures to the Newton Election Commission, which left her campaign with $35.63 on hand.[3]

Endorsements

Diana Gomberg did not receive any official endorsements for her 2013 campaign.

2011

Newton Public Schools, Ward 4 General Election, 2-year term, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngDiana Fisher Gomberg 51.6% 4,174
     Nonpartisan Joshua Krintzman 48.3% 3,913
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.1% 8
Total Votes 8,095
Source: Newton, Massachusetts, "City of Newton November 8, 2011 Municipal Election Official Results," accessed November 19, 2013

Campaign themes

Gomberg's campaign website listed the following campaign themes:

  • Preparing all students for success through a well-rounded education. Even in tough fiscal times we know that providing a good education means more than just the “3Rs.” The arts, social studies, technology, civics, sports and extracurriculars are crucial to a functioning school system.
  • Maintaining breadth of programming and effective class size. Class sizes have been steadily rising and there are now many classes, even at the elementary level, that have over 25 students. While teachers and Principals have been creative in trying to meet students’ needs in large classes of students, we must not allow our class sizes to be so large that we compromise student achievement and risk teacher burnout.
  • Providing appropriate space for growing student enrollment: utilize our classroom space wisely and strategically renovate deteriorating buildings. Many Newton schools are over-capacity and our enrollment is projected to continue to grow. We have to provide adequate space for our growing student population and we must ensure that our deteriorating buildings are renovated in a way that is fiscally prudent, educationally sound for 21st century learning, and well-engineered to be environmentally efficient.
  • Reducing costs while maintaining or improving student achievement. I will draw on my professional experience in program planning, monitoring, and evaluation to advocate for more systematic ways to ensure that programs are effective and run efficiently. We need consider different educational models and we must negotiate a new contract that is both affordable for Newton and fair to teachers.
  • Exploring creative options for generating reliable revenue streams. I will work to devise new revenue sources that will help make the school system fiscally sustainable in the long term. Examples of possible revenue mechanisms include private fundraising, careful use of fees, partnerships, and PILOTS (payments in lieu of taxes).
  • Expanding communications between the School Committee and voters. It is essential for School Committee members to continually hear voters’ concerns and perspectives, and it is vital that the School Committee keep voters informed of school issues. I plan to increase communications through community meetings, on-line communications, and regular updates in the Newton Tab and Patch.

Note: The above quote is from the candidate's website, which may include some typographical or spelling errors.


What was at stake?

There were eight seats on the school board up for election on November 5, 2013. Five incumbents ran unopposed for re-election, including Angela Pitter-Wright, Diana Fisher Gomberg, Steven Siegel, Matt Hills and Margie Ross Decter. Fellow incumbents Geoff Epstein, Jonathan Yeo and Chairperson Claire Sokoloff did not file for re-election. Newcomers Ellen P. Gibson and Ruth E. Goldman ran unopposed for Epstein and Sokoloff's seats, respectively. The only contested race was in Ward 2 for Yeo's seat, for which Margaret L. Albright defeated Andrea R. Steenstrup.[4]

About the district

See also: Newton Public Schools, Massachusetts
Newton Public Schools is located in Middlesex County, Massachusetts
Newton Public Schools is located in Middlesex County, Massachusetts. The county seats of Middlesex County are Lowell and Cambridge. According to the 2010 US Census, Middlesex County is home to 1,537,215 residents.[5]

Demographics

Middlesex County outperformed the rest of Massachusetts in terms of its poverty rate, median rates of average household income and higher education achievement in 2011. The poverty rate in Middlesex County was 7.7% compared to 10.7% for the entire state. The median household income in Middlesex County was $79,691 compared to $65,981 for the state of Massachusetts. The US Census also found that 49.8% of Middlesex County residents aged 25 years and older attained a Bachelor's degree compared to 38.7% in Massachusetts.[5]

Racial Demographics, 2012[5]
Race Middlesex County (%) Massachusetts (%)
White 82.3 83.7
Black or African American 5.3 7.9
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.3 0.5
Asian 10.1 5.8
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 2.0 2.0
Hispanic or Latino 7.0 10.1

Party Affiliation, 2012[6]
Party Registered Voters  % of Total
Democratic 342,112 36.90
Republican 96,970 10.46
Green-Rainbow 1,134 0.12
Unaffiliated 483,119 52.11
Other 3,854 0.42

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100.0%. Each column will add up to 100.0% after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages.[7]

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