PITTSFIELD – Monday, October 7, 2013 – Governor Deval Patrick and Secretary of Education Matthew Malone today joined local officials for a student town hall at Pittsfield High School. Governor Patrick used the opportunity to engage students in a wide-ranging conversation about the challenges and rewards of high school and to give students a glimpse into the work his Administration is doing for students across the Commonwealth.
"I continue to be impressed by the young people across the state and their aspirations for themselves and for their communities," said Governor Patrick. "They remind us of the importance of governing for the long term and investing in our future."
Approximately 15 students, grades 9 -12, represented the school in the conversation. Topics ranged from funding for higher education and making college more affordable to future careers to extracurricular activities.
“The students of Pittsfield are strong ambassadors for our Commonwealth,” said Secretary of Education Matthew Malone. “It is always great to hear what is on the minds of our young people during conversations such as this one.”
“We are so proud to welcome Governor Patrick to our district to engage our students in this important conversation,” said Superintendent Jason McCandless. “Our students have much to offer and I’m sure the Governor recognized that quickly after meeting them.”
“I am thrilled that Governor Patrick and Secretary Malone have chosen to take some time to hear directly from students in Pittsfield,” said Senator Benjamin Downing. “The Governor and I both know young people have a great deal to add to the political process, public education and any number of other areas. We all learned a great deal from this conversation."
“Engaging with students is vital to shaping the work we do in the legislature,” said Representative Alice H. Peisch.“Receiving feedback on how state policies directly impact students allows us to continuously improve our schools across the Commonwealth and I commend Governor Patrick and Secretary Malone for meeting with the students at Pittsfield High School today.”