Meet Allin Frawley
MIDDLEBORO — Allin Frawley is seeking to be one of two new faces on the School Committee.
But his is not an unfamiliar one.
Frawley, who is seeking a three-year term, served for more than nine years on the Select Board, which he called “a pretty good run’’ during a time when a new police station and Department of Public Works barn were built, among other accomplishments he cites.
“It takes a lot of political courage to bring projects [to the public] that are going to cost money’’ to the taxpayers, he said. “But we made our case.’’
He hopes to bring that same experience, including serving for the past 12 years on the Capital Planning Committee, to the School Committee.
“I want to be a voice for the majority of Middleboro,’’ he said. “The far right and the far left are tearing the middle apart.’’
“We all love our children and want the best we can afford’’ for them. Conversely, he said, “no one’s interested in bankrupting the town.’’
One asset his experience has provided, he said, is a strong network of connections.
“I know a lot of people. I can help facilitate conversations.’’
People sometimes have questions on issues but don’t know who to ask. “I have a lot of experience cutting through red tape.’’
He also cites his strength in negotiation. “The best thing I can do is to sit down with the two people and not say a word’’ but make sure they are having a “productive conversation.’’
There are high stakes involved, he said. A student’s education is crucial not only to the child but to the family, he said. That marks a difference between his previous job on the Select Board and as a potential School Committee member.
People can debate the cost of trash barrels, he cited as an example, but “our kids are a different ball game.’’ An issue with a child, to a parent, can be “an emotional issue. They’re not going to be black and white when it comes to their kid.’’
He strongly supports school safety, noting that after the Parkland, Fla., school shootings in 2018 he worked in his then-position as Select Board chair to immediately place officers in every town school without adding to the budget.
On the issue of banning books in schools, he said “it shouldn’t be a free for all’’ and books should be “age-appropriate’’ but on the other hand, some districts have banned such classics as “To Kill A Mockingbird,’’ which he said is “not right.’’
The key, he said, is the role of parents. “Books aren’t going to teach our kids how to think,’’ he said. “That’s our job as parents.’’
He sees his role on the committee as serving as an advocate for the needs of the students.
“If schools need something, it’s up to us to make that case and bring it to the taxpayer,’’ he said. If the taxpayers reject the request, the committee needs to “rethink [the issue] or make a better argument.’’