Jane Frantz

Candidate for Charter Commission

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I’ve been a teacher at Burr and Williams Schools, NNHS, taught in the English Language Learners program at Countryside School, and have been a longtime community activist in many capacities. I’m running for the charter commission because I believe my skills and strengths are well suited to this position.

Questions and Answers

Question 1

What characteristics do you think are important in a charter commission member?

A charter commission member should be:

  • A thoughtful listener who seeks input from stakeholders and constituencies throughout the city.
  • Experienced in analyzing data and research with an eye to identifying best practices that are a good fit for Newton.
  • A collaborator who engages in constructive, respectful dialogue with residents and other commission members.
  • One who questions closely to gain insight into possible outcomes that result from changes to the structure of the city government.

Question 2

What community involvement and/or experience would you bring to the charter commission?

  • School Council member: Bigelow Middle School
  • PTSO President: Newton North High School
  • Parent Chair: NNHS School Council
  • Parish Council member: Our Lady’s during a period of crisis
  • Open and Affirming Committee member (mission is to support LGBT community): United Parish of Auburndale
  • Member of the following Newton Public Schools committees: Superintendent’s Elementary Advisory Committee, the Progress Report Committee, the Gender Equity Committee, the Burr School Multicultural Committee, the Burr School Council (6 years)

Question 3

What are the key areas of the charter you would like to see reviewed?

Key areas for review:

  • Communication: Ensure that city business is easily accessible and disseminated to residents.
  • The City Council: What structures provide for the best representation for residents? What are the present responsibilities of the Board? What are some best practices we can glean from other communities for the size and scope of responsibilities for a City Council?
  • Ensure the charter is a document that will remain relevant for a future we cannot anticipate.

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