Springfield Public Schools elections (2013)

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2013 Springfield Public Schools Elections

General Election date:
November 5, 2013
Table of Contents
About the district
Method of election
Elections
What was at stake?
Key deadlines
Additional elections
External links
References
See also
Massachusetts
Springfield Public Schools
Hampden County, Massachusetts ballot measures
Local ballot measures, Massachusetts
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Six seats on the School Committee for Springfield Public Schools were up for general election on November 5, 2013. Denise M. Hurst and Calvin McFadden defeated incumbent Antonette E. Pepe to win the two at-large seats. Challenger Rosa Perez defeated incumbent Norman Roldan for the District 1 seat, while incumbent Peter M. Murphy kept the District 4 seat by overcoming Zaida Govan. Incumbents Barbara Gresham and Christopher Collins ran unopposed and won the District 2 and 3 seats, respectively.

About the district

See also: Springfield Public Schools, Massachusetts
Springfield Public Schools is located in Hampden County, Massachusetts
Springfield Public Schools is located in Hampden County, Massachusetts. The county seat of Hampden County is Springfield. According to the 2010 US Census, Hampden County is home to 465,923 residents.[1]

Demographics

Hampden County under performed in comparison to the rest of Massachusetts in terms of median rates of average household income, poverty rate and higher education achievement in 2011. The median household income in Hampden County was $48,866 compared to $65,981 for the state of Massachusetts. The poverty rate in Hampden County was 16.6% compared to 10.7% for the entire state. The US Census also found that 23.9% of Hampden County residents aged 25 years and older attained a bachelor's degree compared to 38.7% in Massachusetts.[1]

Racial Demographics, 2012[1]
Race Hampden County (%) Massachusetts (%)
White 84.0 83.7
Black or African American 10.5 7.9
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.8 0.5
Asian 2.2 5.8
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.2 0.1
Two or More Races 2.4 2.0
Hispanic or Latino 22.0 10.1

Party Affiliation, 2012[2]
Party Registered Voters  % of Total
Democratic 112,321 39.23
Republican 37,692 13.16
Green-Rainbow 338 0.12
Unaffiliated 134,536 46.99
Other 1,420 0.50


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.[3]

Method of board member selection

The Springfield School Committee consists of seven members, six of whom are elected to four-year terms. The seventh member and Chair of the board is Springfield's mayor. Four of the other six members of the board are elected by geographic electoral districts and two are elected at-large by the district as a whole. There was no primary election and the general election was held on November 5, 2013. All six seats were on the ballot in 2013.[4]

The filing deadline for school board candidates to get on the ballot in the 2013 general election was July 23.[5]

Elections

2013

Candidates

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  • Denise M. Hurst
    • Incumbent
    • Graduate, Springfield College School of Social Work
    • Quality improvement manager, Massachusetts Department of Mental Health
  • Antonette E. Pepe
    • Incumbent
    • Graduate, Western New England College
    • Retired education paraprofessional
  • Calvin McFadden
    • Graduate, Florida State University
    • Pastor, St. John’s Congregational Church

  • Norman Roldan
    • Incumbent
    • Information services, Bay State Health Systems

  • Barbara Gresham
    • Incumbent
    • Graduate, University of Georgia
    • Registered nurse

  • Peter M. Murphy
    • Incumbent
    • Graduate, Quinnipiac University School of Law
    • Lawyer
  • Zaida Govan
    • Graduate, Springfield College
    • Clinical director, Martin Luther King Jr. Family Services

Election results

Springfield Public Schools, At-large General Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngDenise M. Hurst Incumbent 37.7% 6,329
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngCalvin McFadden 32.4% 5,450
     Nonpartisan Antonette E. Pepe Incumbent 29.6% 4,971
     Nonpartisan Write-in 0.3% 49
Total Votes 16,799
Source: City of Springfield, Massachusetts, "Springfield Vote Counts: Nov. 5 City Election Night Results," accessed December 18, 2013


Springfield Public Schools, District 1 General Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngRosa Perez 61.3% 1,221
     Nonpartisan Norman Roldan Incumbent 38.4% 764
     Nonpartisan Write-in 0.4% 7
Total Votes 1,992
Source: City of Springfield, Massachusetts, "Springfield Vote Counts: Nov. 5 City Election Night Results," accessed December 18, 2013


Springfield Public Schools, District 2 General Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngBarbara Gresham Incumbent 99% 1,791
     Nonpartisan Write-in 1% 18
Total Votes 1,809
Source: City of Springfield, Massachusetts, "Springfield Vote Counts: Nov. 5 City Election Night Results," accessed December 18, 2013


Springfield Public Schools, District 3 General Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngChristopher Collins Incumbent 98.4% 2,155
     Nonpartisan Write-in 1.6% 35
Total Votes 2,190
Source: City of Springfield, Massachusetts, "Springfield Vote Counts: Nov. 5 City Election Night Results," accessed December 18, 2013


Springfield Public Schools, District 4 General Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngPeter M. Murphy Incumbent 63.2% 1,606
     Nonpartisan Zaida Govan 36.6% 932
     Nonpartisan Write-in 0.2% 5
Total Votes 2,543
Source: City of Springfield, Massachusetts, "Springfield Vote Counts: Nov. 5 City Election Night Results," accessed December 18, 2013

Endorsements

No endorsements were made in this election.

Campaign finance

Candidates received a total of $57,408.13 and spent a total of $54,068.33 during the election, according to the Office of Campaign and Political Finance.[6]

In the at-large race, candidates received a total of $46,230.29 and spent a total of $44,578.56.

Candidate Contributions Expenditures Cash on hand
Denise M. Hurst $10,810.78 $10,805.49 -$6,109.20
Antonette E. Pepe $6,430.00 $6,624.88 $591.53
Calvin McFadden $28,989.51 $27,148.19 -$2,658.68

In the District 1 race, candidates received a total of $4,294.32 and spent a total of $3,969.80.

Candidate Contributions Expenditures Cash on hand
Norman Roldan $1,495.00 $805.75 $968.38
Rosa Perez $2,799.32 $3,164.05 -$2,959.05

In the District 2 race, no contributions or expenditures were reported during the election.

Candidate Contributions Expenditures Cash on hand
Barbara Gresham $0.00 $0.00 $66.30

In the District 3 race, no contributions or expenditures were reported during the election.

Candidate Contributions Expenditures Cash on hand
Christopher Collins $0.00 $0.00 $2,295.16

In the District 4 race, candidates received a total of $6,883.52 and spent a total of $5,519.97.

Candidate Contributions Expenditures Cash on hand
Peter M. Murphy $5,260.00 $4,012.20 $1,265.44
Zaida Govan $1,623.52 $1,507.77 $115.75

Past elections

What was at stake?

There were six seats on the school board up for election on November 5, 2013. All six incumbents sought re-election to the board and four of them faced challengers. Barbara Gresham and Christopher Collins ran unopposed to retain their District 2 and 3 seats, respectively. Denise M. Hurst and Antonette E. Pepe attempted to fend off a challenge to their at-large seats from Calvin McFadden. However, McFadden narrowly edged out Pepe for the seat. Brenden J. Hammerle was also considered a candidate to the at-large seat, but his name was removed from the ballot before the election. District 1 incumbent Norman Roldan lost to newcomer Rosa Perez, and District 4 incumbent Peter M. Murphy faced a challenge from Zaida Govan, but kept his seat.

Issues

Student attendance initiative

In March, 2013, Springfield Public Schools launched the "Stay in School" campaign to promote greater and more consistent student attendance at district schools. Superintendent Warwick emphasized the importance of community efforts to increase attendance, stating, "Our parents pushed us to go to school every day and do the right thing and the community pushed us to succeed. We understood the value of education. ...We not only want to graduate our kids but we want them to get to college. We need to do more and it's up to the staff, parents and the community to make that difference."[7]

Partnership with Harvard

Beginning in the 2013-14 school year, Springfield Public Schools began partnering with the Education Innovation Laboratory of Harvard University in order to reduce the achievement gap in five struggling district schools. These schools are Chestnut, Kennedy and Kiley Middle Schools, the High School of Commerce and DeBerry Elementary School. Harvard researchers are evaluating their resources and developing new practices and a comprehensive curriculum for these schools.[8]

Key deadlines

The following dates were key deadlines for the Springfield Public Schools election in 2013:[5][9]

Deadline Event
July 23, 2013 Last day to file nominating petitions
October 19, 2013 Last day to register to vote in the city general election
November 5, 2013 Election day

Additional elections on the ballot

This election only shared the ballot with other municipal elections. Springfield's Mayor and School Committee Chair, Domenic J. Sarno, were not up for election this year. No additional measures appeared on the ballot.

See also

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