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Jovan: District 'on the cusp of great things'

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John 'Jack' Jovan (click for larger version)
June 11, 2009
SOUTHBRIDGE — To School Committee candidate John "Jack" Jovan Jr., the last few years have been a time of struggle, but also success he hopes voters will allow him to build upon.

"Look at where we were and where we are now," Jovan said. "I've been chair four years, and we're better off. Do we have things to work on? Yeah. … The reason I'm running for another term is that I think we're on the cusp of doing great things as a district and I want to see those things through."

Jovan, a seven-year committee incumbent, faces fellow incumbent David DiGregorio and newcomers Martena Shea, Michael Murray and Sean Gilliard for two seats on the June 30 election ballot.

To look at the way things were about five years ago is to look into what Jovan only half-jokingly dubbed "the Valley of Death." At that time, the state declared Southbridge schools "underperforming;" the district had real or de facto vacancies at the helm of the high and middle schools, the committee itself and a controversial superintendent; it had a $3 million budget deficit that forced the layoff of 55 teachers and deteriorating buildings; and such low local esteem the voters rejected a Proposition 2 1/2 override effort.

See Thursday's Southbridge Evening News for complete coverage.

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