Meet the Candidates: Robert Tsironis
- I have lived in the Forest Hills Schools District for the past 14 years. My wife and I have three children. One child has graduated from the district and I have two children that currently attend school in the district. Professionally I am a fiduciary financial advisor with over 30 years of experience helping clients with all their various investment management, financial planning, gifting etc. goals. I am currently a board member at Blandford Nature Center. I have volunteered throughout the years in many capacities in the district while my children were attending school or involved in the district’s sports programs. I believe what our district as many others across the country are dealing with regarding COVID 19, and all the complexities across the learning spectrum. That I can bring the time and talent needed to help our district through these difficulties. These are unprecedented times we as parents, educators, and school boards are dealing with. “Kids can’t wait.”
- Our school system is the bedrock of our community. I am passionate about bringing people together to plug into solutions that will strengthen our school system and improve opportunity for all children, because our community’s well being – our region’s prosperity – depends upon this. I am a strong advocate for public education. I have worked collaboratively with people of many different backgrounds and world views. I have brought people around the table to find common ground and take action together on solutions. I believe that I can make a greater difference by bringing this approach to the school board. I am committed to listening first, to leading thoughtfully and respectfully, and to building strong partnerships to find the best solutions for our children.
- Some of the challenges facing FHPS include the following: The ability to provide safe in-person in-school learning for all grades. The required protection not just for students but also for the teachers! Protocols on how to handle when there is an outbreak. A big area I believe the district has not invested in, and I think they should have already been is online learning technology for students. Especially if because of COVID all kids must stay home and use online learning. There is a 2,200-student district in our area that has made the investment offered by the company SWIVL. SWIVL online virtual educational learning technology is being used successfully in over 40,000 schools around the world! When the district stopped in-person learning this year March 13th. Unfortunately, virtual online learning classes were not implemented. Nor through the company Zoom which was and still is one of the highly used in many various educational and professional purposes then, now and will continue to be in the future.
- I very much am a team player. I would work collectively with my fellow board members to find solutions to current and future challenges for our school district but, more importantly for the 10,000 + kids in the district! An issue I believe will be of future importance for the district will be funding. The board will be faced with various difficult issues, and I believe I can be impactful in a very positive way. Helping the district overcome its current and future challenges!
- How might we connect today’s curriculum with the real world? Kids today are asking far too often for relevance in what they are learning. We need to reach out to all stakeholders. Foster relationships with the business community. Develop real-life opportunities. The area has grown exponentially over the past 30 years. For the future, the district will have a vital role but, must be able to adapt to the educational tools required, which students will need to be successful. By also further investing in preschool programs and early literacy. Provide quality after-school programs. Encourage innovation in public education. Especially because of the comparison/availability of charter schools. As one stakeholder among many, I very much believe we can continue to evolve to well equip today’s and future generations of students, with the tools they will need to lead a productive personal and professional life.