QUINCY - Pledging a focus on neighborhood schools and advocacy for investments in education, former City Councilor, and City Council President, Doug Gutro today announced his candidacy for the Quincy School Committee.
“As a father of two boys in the Quincy Public School System, I have a vested interest in working to sustain and improve our public school system,” said Gutro. “I’ve seen, first hand, the value of our school system and recognize its importance to our children as well as to our a community as a whole.” Doug’s son Brian will be attending Quincy High School in the fall and Scott will be entering the 8th grade at Central Middle School. Both boys attended Beechwood Knoll School.
“During my time on the City Council, I’ve had the privilege to visit all eleven elementary schools, five middle schools, and both high schools. I’ve been proud to cast votes to bolster school budgets, fund capital improvements, and support important programs like literacy, media services, ELL, foreign language, and music. I’d welcome the chance to continue that advocacy as a member of the Quincy School Committee.”
I believe my experience in City Government and first hand knowledge of our school system will be helpful at a time when two long time School Committee members are stepping down. As a parent, I wish to express my gratitude to Ms. Isola and Ms. Mahoney for their many years of service to city’s school system.”
Gutro served 5 terms as Ward 5 City Councilor, representing the neighborhoods of Wollaston and Quincy Center. He served two terms as Councillor-At-Large. He was voted by his peers to serve as City Council President in 2006-2007. He chaired many council committees during his tenure including committees on Education, Downtown & Economic Development, and Veterans Affairs.
Gutro noted “As a ward councilor, I often said - you can street in my district, and could name someone who lives there and what the issues were that matter most to them. I pledge to bring the same attention and understanding to the unique needs of each neighborhood school. I’d welcome the opportunity to listen and learn about those issues from parents at PTO meetings across the city.”
According to Gutro, “Quincy has many terrific teachers, administrators and staff working each day to improve educational opportunities for our children. They are extraordinary people and an important resource with ideas for improvements. I welcome their input.”
Doug has a long history of civic involvement in Quincy. He served as president of the Ward 5 Community Association and Wollaston Beach Task Force. He served as a member of the Board of Directors for DOVE (Domestic Violence Ended) and Quincy Beaches and Coastal Commission. At various times he has been a member of the Quincy Historical Society, Elks. He is the founder, and current president of the Friends of Wollaston Beach, who advocate for events and amenities. Doug is the city’s representative on the state beaches commission.
Gutro is the Acting Director of Public Affairs for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s New England office, where he manages programs on environmental education and children's health, media and government relations, and community involvement.
Since 1999, Doug has served as an Adjunct Faculty member for Suffolk University teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in local government, environmental policy and administration, and public service communication.