"I do not have all the answers, but if given the opportunity to serve, I promise to listen, to learn, to work as hard as anyone, and never let politics get in the way of doing what is right for students, teachers, and taxpayers."
– Rich Rosa, candidate for the Haverhill School Committee.
Concerned about the direction of the Haverhill Public Schools, Rich Rosa believes our schools can be great. He is a parent, attorney, and business owner who wants to use his experience and skills as a lawyer and entrepreneur to help solve persistant problems.
Rich lives on Kenoza Street in Haverhill with his wife, Anne Marie (Bastianelli), and twin 15-year-old boys. He has been a business owner in Haverhill for more than 20 years as a lawyer, and presently as co-owner of an exclusve buyer agent real estate company.
Rich graduated from Northeastern University's School of Journalism in 1991 (cum laude). He attended New England Law Boston at night while he worked full time, and he earned his Juris Doctor degree in 1995. Learn More.
There is much success in the Haverhill Public Schools. Many students, teachers, and administrators work hard and accomplish great things, and we should commend them for their efforts.
Despite progress, and even excellence, in some areas, troublesome and costly problems persist in the district. Denying the existence of such problems will not help our city's kids. In fact, it is unfair to students, parents, teachers, and taxpayers to ignore our schools' shortcomings.
Like many others, I believe the Haverhill Public Schools can be great. I decided to run for the Haverhill School Committee because I want to get to the root of the problems, set goals, craft solutions and consistently track progress. I want to help our public schools.
Policy, Not Politics
Petty political fueds should not ever get in the way of educating the children of Haverhill. That includes politically-motivated decisions that cost the Haverhill Public Schools money, such as the opposition to placing solar panels on Haverhill High School. Learn More.
The Haverhill High School dropout rate affects us all, not just the student who decides to leave school. A recent Northeastern University study found that more than 80 percent of incarcerated population in the United States are high school dropouts. Learn More.
The special education budget for out-of-district placements has exploded over the past three years, increasing about 70 percent from $1.835 million for the 2014-2015 budget to a proposed $3.117 million for the 2017-2018 school year, according to the "Proposed FY18 Budget" released by the school department in May 2017. The increase in out-of-district tuition year-over-year alone will be more than $800,000. According to testimony at the May 25, 2017 Haverhill School Committee meeting, the out-of-district tuition covers just 77 students. Learn More.
On The Issues
Transparency & Accountability
The budget for the Haverhill Public Schools for the upcoming 2017-2018 school year is more than $79 million. Whether you think $79 million is too little, too much or just right, we all can agree that we can never have enough transparency and accountability. Learn More.