Page 2 THE MALDEN ADVOCATE–Friday, September 27, 2019 McCarthy and Geoffroy compete for the Ward 2 School Committee seat By Barbara Taormina I ncumbent Rob McCarthy and challenger Anna Geoffroy bring different ideas, skills and styles to the race for the Ward 2 seat on the School Committee. But for both candidates, a seat on the committee provides opportunities to put their knowledge and experience to use to promote education and help move Malden forward. Rob McCarthy Rob McCarthy, a former paraprofessional and the current attendance officer at Northeast Metropolitan Regional VoLawrence A. Simeone Jr. Attorney-at-Law ~ Since 1989 ~ * Corporate Litigation * Criminal/Civil * MCAD * Zoning/Land Court * Wetlands Litigation * Workmen’s Compensation * Landlord/Tenant Litigation * Real Estate Law * Construction Litigation * Tax Lein * Personal Injury * Bankruptcy * Wrongful Death * Zoning/Permitting Litigation 300 Broadway, Suite 1, Revere * 781-286-1560 Lsimeonejr@simeonelaw.net cational High School, is running for a second term on the School Committee. A lifelong resident of Ward 2, McCarthy said his Malden roots, his experience as an educator and his master’s degree in educational leadership and administration from American International College have given him the background to be an effective member of the committee. “Education is a way of life for me,” he said. “It’s my life’s work.” For McCarthy, maintaining small class sizes in a priority for the district. “We need to protect small class sizes to ensure an optimal learning environment where students can grow,” he said. “We track enrollment at every meeting and if there’s an issue we address it.” McCarthy would like to see the district expand its curriculum to include more science and technology classes. “There’s clearly a big need for more of these classes,” he A.B.C. CIGAR 170 REVERE ST., REVERE Gift Cards OPEN: Mon.-Sat. 8 AM - 8 PM Sun. - Holidays: 8 AM - 6 PM (781) 289-4959 Rewards Program Rob McCarthy Incumbent Ward 2 School Committee Member said. “Enhancing STEM education helps students focus their post-education tracks.” He would also like to see Malden build its vocational and tech ed programs. “I believe we need to make sure we have something for every student,” he said. He also feels the district needs a guidance program that helps students explore all appropriate career paths. As a member of the Social, Emotional and Physical Well Being subcommittee, McCarthy has been involved in the district’s efforts to protect and possibly expand recess time. “The recess issue goes to the heart of social-emotional learning,” he said. “Children need an opportunity for free play and free activity.” McCarthy has said out-of-district special education costs are a budgetary challenge, and he supports the idea of launching innovation special ed programs that will keep students in Malden and potentially attract students from other disAnna Geoffroy Ward 2 School Committee Member candidate tricts. In the past he has proposed reviewing the district’s inclusion model that places special needs students in mainstream classrooms to ensure students are in appropriate programs with adequate resources and safeguards. He supports the efforts to ensure racial equity and to hire more teachers and staff of color. “We need a staff that is a mirror image of the student body,” he said. ‘We’ve made some strides, but we need to continue to work on this with outreach to colleges, teachers’ fairs and other recruitment strategies.” McCarthy said all children have one chance at first grade and every grade along the way, and it’s up to the district’s leaders to make sure each step provides everything students need to learn and grow. “It’s all about allowing kids to have the best opportunities possible,” he said. WARD 2 | SEE PAGE 16 8 Norwood St. Everett Chris Dan Steve OUR 48th YEAR ALL MAJOR BRANDS OF CIGARS * Desktop Humidors * Travel Humidors * Boxes of Cigars * Bundles of Cigars * Singles * Torch Lighters * Zippo Lighters * Cigar Cutters PIPES * GRINDERS * HOOKAHS * BONGS SEPTEMBER SPECIAL Deep Discounts on Box Sales featuring BACCARAT CIGARS known for their mildest, unique flavor, and popularity. C.B.D. PRODUCTS Creating Better Days * Nature’s Supplement * All Natural * CBD Infused Products * Edibles * Concentrates * Topicals (617) 387-9810 www.eight10barandgrille.com Kitchen Hours: Mon-Thurs: 12-10pm Fri-Sat: 12-11pm Sunday: 1pm-10pm Come in & Enjoy our Famous... $12 LUNCH Menu! Choose from 16 Items! Served Monday thru Thursday until 3:30 PM Grilled Rib Eye Steak! Only $22.00 includes Two Sides Every Friday FRESH HADDOCK DINNER Prepared Your Way! Includes two sides Catch the NFL on our 10 TV’s!

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