Clough lists accomplishments as he leaves town government

Clough lists accomplishments as he leaves town government

For the past six years I have served as a member of the Smithfield School Committee. Since the year 2014 I served as the chairperson. Throughout my tenure the School Committee and school department as a whole has achieved many accomplishments.

We instituted one-to-one laptops for each student grades 3 to 12, instituted all-day kindergarten, made necessary health and safety renovations to the high school and middle school, and expanded services while maintaining six balanced budgets. Further, we positioned the school department and town nicely to achieve maximum reimbursement from the state for the upcoming elementary reconfiguration project.

While this was ongoing I also had the opportunity to attend law school and receive my Juris Doctorate. Looking forward to entering the legal profession, I secured a prestigious position within the Rhode Island Superior Court as a law clerk.

To perform this position to the best of my ability I must divorce myself from even the mere appearance of political impropriety.

Thus, it is with a heavy heart that I will be withdrawing from the race for Smithfield Town Council and resigning my position as a Smithfield School Committee member.

I am a life long resident of Smithfield and graduate of Smithfield public schools.

My education in this town has instilled with me a great sense of community, leadership, and public service. I do not make this decision lightly.

I am proud of what we have all accomplished and am humbled by the voters of Smithfield who have entrusted me with the duty to lead our school district.

Finally, I want to thank all our administrators, teachers, and staff who make Smithfield public schools the best place in the state to work and learn.

Our public schools are the center of our community and make Smithfield one of the best places to live. We all would be worse off without their hard work and efforts. Teachers truly are on the front lines of creating a better future for our town and country.

I wish our schools and town leaders all the best.

Sean Clough