|Board Member, Quincy School Committee, At-large|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 5, 2013|
|First elected||November 5, 2013|
|Next general||November, 2017|
|High school||Quincy High School|
|Bachelor's||University of Massachusetts, Boston|
|Profession||Small business owner|
Noel DiBona resides in Quincy, Massachusetts. DiBona graduated from Quincy High School and received his Associate's degree in Business Administration from Quincy College before earning his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Massachusetts, Boston. Since 1996, he has owned and operated his own business, Russ DiBona and Son Landscaping. DiBona also serves as the head coach of the Quincy Point Panthers youth football team.
- See also: Quincy Public Schools elections (2013)
|Quincy Public Schools, At-large General Election, 4-year term, 2013|
|Nonpartisan||Anne Mahoney Incumbent||25.3%||5,558|
|Nonpartisan||Barbara Isola Incumbent||23.1%||5,066|
|Nonpartisan||Emily Lebo Incumbent||21.8%||4,793|
|Source: City of Quincy, "Election Summary Report," accessed December 18, 2013|
Noel DiBona reported $9,940.00 in contributions and $7,937.65 in expenditures to the Quincy Election Department, which left his campaign with $2,002.35 on hand.
Noel DiBona did not receive any official endorsements for his campaign.
In a survey conducted by The Patriot Ledger, DiBona argued that the following was the most significant issue confronting the school district:
I think the most pressing issue facing QPS is the imbalance of the schools. I have visited each and every school and see that some schools have more than others. I'm a strong believer in equal opportunity for all children. Now with the brand new Central Middle school, the students of that facility will have a new state-of-the-art school with a beautiful library and a full-time media specialists, AP and lab classes. It is very important now with a new variable, a new middle school, that we balance the programs at the other four middle schools. We need to start offering a few AP classes at each of the other four middle schools. We have existing educators from each school teaching a few AP classes. There will be the same number of students in the building, so we don’t need to hire new teachers. I would like to see a lab class in there as well. I am advocating 1-2 classes per grade per school at Atlantic, Broad Meadows, Sterling and Point Webster.
What was at stake?
There were three seats on the school board up for election on November 5, 2013. All three incumbents sought re-election to the board and they faced only one challenger. Barbara Isola, Emily Lebo and Anne Mahoney attempted to defend their seats from newcomer Noel DiBona. However, Lebo lost her seat to DiBona.
About the district
- See also: Quincy Public Schools, Massachusetts
Norfolk County outperformed the rest of Massachusetts in terms of its median rates of average household income, poverty rates and higher education achievement in 2011. The median household income in Norfolk County was $83,733 compared to $65,981 for the state of Massachusetts. The poverty rate in Norfolk County was 6.3% compared to 10.7% for the entire state. The US Census also found that 48.2% of Norfolk County residents aged 25 years and older attained a Bachelor's degree compared to 38.7% in Massachusetts.
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 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages.
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- Patrick Ronan, The Patriot Ledger, "Quincy school committee candidates discuss the issues," October 22, 2013
- Facebook, "About," accessed October 29, 2013
- City of Quincy, "Campaign Finance Reports," accessed December 23, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Norfolk County, Massachusetts," accessed October 24, 2013
- Massachusetts Secretary of State, "Enrollment Breakdown as of 2/15/2012," accessed October 24, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014