Tom Wise for Reading, MA School Committee

Achieving Excellence Sustainably

Time in Reading, MA

Moving In

My family and I moved to Reading in 2006 after doing a thorough analysis of options on the North Shore of Boston.  We chose Reading for its public safety, commuting options to Boston and, most of all, the Reading Public Schools.


We currently have two children attending the Reading Public Schools.  They have both completed their time at Joshua Eaton Elementary and are currently at Parker Middle School.  One of them will be moving on to Reading Memorial High School next Fall.


After two years of proactively and collaboratively lobbying with the Town Government (both day time and night time), my family completed a major renovation of our house in June of 2016.  We are here to stay!

Getting Involved

Throughout my time in Reading, I have been an active volunteer, specifically focused on our youth but occassionally helping on the Town level as well.  A few of the more prominent roles include:

  • Joshua Eaton Task Force Member
  • Town Meeting Member: 2015 - 2017
  • Reading United Soccer Club Coach for 7 years / 14 seasons
  • Reading United Soccer Club Age Group Coordinator for 3 years / 6 seasons
  • Multiple Seasons coaching T-Ball or Baseball with Reading Recreation and/or Reading Little League
  • Community Member Contributor for the Adhoc Zoning Advisory Committee

About Tom

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Educational Background

  • Product of the Denver Public Schools; Graduate of Thomas Jefferson High School
  • B.S. Economics with a Concentration in Operations and Information Management from the Wharton School of Business @ The University of Pennsylvania
  • M.S. Information Systems from Stevens Institute of Technology

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Professional Background

  • 16 Years in Software Development Management focused on Best Practice Architecture, Workflow and Operational Efficiency
  • 5 Years in Data Management focused on Data Procurement, Polices, Governance, Data Mastering and Data Analysis
  • Collectively, 19 Years experience in Managing Individuals and Teams, including Career Growth, Goal Setting and Performance Management
  • Direct experience managing budgets of up to approximately $20+ MM

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Focused on Continuous Improvement

  • Naturally focused on improving processes
  • Looking to bring that continuous improvement focus to the School Committee as we drive toward Excellence - in Policy, Financial Management, Goal Setting, Goal Achieving, Student Experience, Employee Satisfaction and Communications with the Community

Platform

Policy Improvement

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The first pillar for a School Committee’s responsibilities is setting Policy for the district in accordance with State and Federal law. When I look through the current Policies, as well as some recently proposed changes, I see areas for improvement and growth. Policies provide the foundation upon which the School Committee and Superintendent govern the schools.  I foresee updates focusing on improving transparency, parental rights and communication among all stakeholders.

Understand the Details

Financial Management

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The second pillar of a School Committee’s responsibilities is setting the budget and advocating for capital expenditures.  While the Override of 2018 has provided us some runway, we have many large financial challenges looming on the horizon.  I commit to diligent stewardship, strategic viewpoints and flawless execution of financial matters facing the School Committee.

Financial Stewardship Ideas

Goals and Reviews

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The third pillar of a School Committee’s responsibilities is the setting of goals and measurement against said goals as part of the annual review process for the Superintendent.  I commit to working with the rest of the Committee to set SMART goals for our Superintendent  and leveraging those goals to measure his progress, and that of the district, as part of his annual review process.

Ideas for Improvement

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