Instead of delivering a prepared speech at the MANS&C Annual Meeting, Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito stepped away from the podium.
“I want to have a conversation with you,” she told MANS&C members and guests. “I want to hear your challenges and your ideas.”
Polito noted that she and Governor Charlie Baker have a vision to build a stronger commonwealth at the grassroots level – by strengthening local communities. As chair of the Community Compact Cabinet, she has visited all of the 351 cities and towns in Massachusetts to promote the sharing of best practices.
“There is no replacement for conversations,” she said.
Turning to the news concerning the acquisition of Mount Ida College by the University of Massachusetts, Polito noted that the State Board of Education has appointed a working group that will provide a report to the governor. The state Senate also will be looking into the situation.
She emphasized the importance of protecting the students’ financial investment in a school or college. This must be balanced with the need to create workable solutions, while not exposing the private issues of the institutions.
In closing, the Lieutenant Governor asked how colleges and universities felt about online learning. She urged the audience to pass along to her any information on that issue or anything else that might be useful.
The Annual Meeting was held at the Fay School in Southborough. The meeting opened with an a capella performance by the Fay School Chamber Singers, directed by Stephen Buck.
MANS&C Legislative Counsel John J. Spillane, President Gwen Pojasek,
Lt. Governor Karyn Polito, MANS&C Clerk Dean Sidell,
and MANS&C Treasurer Alan Clarance of Fay School