Kristin Kociol announces candidacy for Milton School Committee and Precinct 2 Town Meeting Member
It is my pleasure to announce my candidacy for the Milton School Committee and Precinct 2 Town Meeting Member. I grew up in Milton and returned in 2011 with my husband to raise our family here. We chose to make Milton home because of the excellent public schools, where our girls are currently at Glover Elementary School and Pierce Middle School.
My experience with Milton Public Schools is both as a parent and as a student. I graduated from Milton High School in 1999 and went on to get my nursing degree at Boston College. Currently, I work as a cardiac nurse at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and previously spent part of my career at BIDMC.
Within the Milton community, I have served as a preschool board member and enjoyed teaching faith formation at St. Elizabeth’s Parish. I was an active volunteer with the Milton Goes Gold for childhood cancer event in 2019 as a proud mom of a cancer survivor.
My family’s experiences this year in the hybrid school model highlighted how important communication and trust are between the School Committee and the community. It’s essential that school committee members represent and act in the best interest of the people who elect them. I think a balanced committee of members beyond those with a background in education is important.
I have learned a great deal about the school system while advocating for a safe return to school. I am thrilled that our children are returning to their classrooms full-time on April 5 and that there is still a remote model. I hope to continue my involvement once the children are back in their classrooms. The District faces serious challenges that need to be addressed immediately – overcrowding, budget cuts and ensuring our children’s emotional and learning needs are addressed once they return to the classroom. I aim to wisely invest in addressing these issues. I believe this will lead long-term growth and sustainability for our schools.
As Milton Public Schools continue to navigate and eventually emerge from the Covid era, having a medical professional dedicated to our public school system and educating our children will be critical. My career requires research to provide the best care to my patients and that is something I’m excited to do if elected to the School Committee.
If elected my goals are:
- Rebuilding community trust in the Milton Public Schools through transparency and fair leadership
- Short-term solutions to long-term problems as we work to navigate the serious space issues facing our district by prioritizing getting children safely back in the classroom
- Fact-based leadership focused on students, staff and family satisfaction in all schools
I appreciate the consideration of your vote on April 27th!