Kickoff 2 p.m. Saturday, March 7, Knights of Columbus, 15 Winslow St.

In office since 2011, William Hayner seeks his fourth three-year term on the School Committee. Over the years, marking his committee work is a questioning stance and an ability to vote against the grain.

William Hayner, School Committee candidate, 2020Hayner

As in the past, the retired educator often shows up early to meetings and was the first to take out nomination papers for the April election, last Nov. 18.

Three school seats are up for grabs. Incumbent Paul Schlichtman has taken out papers, and colleague Jennifer Susse has not. She is not running, and Liz Exton and Richard Fields have taken out papers.

Here are Hayner's responses to basic questions to all who take out papers. They have been edited:

Q: In general, why are you seeking this seat?

I am running for reelection to continue supporting the students, and teachers in providing the best education we can.

Q: What specific qualifications do you have that support your candidacy?

Hayner provided a list, with more noted below:

  • Facilities Task Force committee (chair);
  • Town Permanent Building Committee (School Committee representative);
  • EDCO Collaborative (School Committee representative); and
  • Liaison to Bishop Elementary School.

    Q: What are the key issues you see facing the School Committee?

    Those issues are the construction of the new high school and hiring a new superintendent.

    Q: How would you address them?

    Both of these require keeping the public informed and engaged in the processes. I believe these will the primary focus for the next several years.

    In addition, Hayner provided a listing titled “Things I will continue to work on”:

    • Continue the facilities work started this year, by meeting in each building to discuss what has been accomplished, what is going on and what is planned with regard to each facility;
    • Continue to support the High School Building Committee and its work in communicating with the public on a regular basis;
    • Working on an open productive search for new superintendent;
    • Supporting the continued social growth with Arlington and Boston families, Bridging 2 Communities Program; and
    • Supporting all of our teachers. 

    Q: What personal background can you provide?

    The candidate offered this listing of his experience:

    • Arlington resident for 42 years;
    • Arlington School Committee member since 2011;
    • Retired teacher -- elementary, special education, high school;
    • Arlington Town Meeting member, 13 years;
    • Taught Law for Educators, a required course for superintendent and principal candidates; and
    • Vietnam veteran, honorable discharge.


    • St. Agnes Grammar School;
    • North Cambridge Catholic High School;
    • B.S. Ed.; M.S. Ed. , Boston State College;
    • 90+ credits of continuing education related to classroom and special education;
    • J.D., Massachusetts School of Law; and
    • MCLE Seminars on School Law.


    • The Children's Room, Arlington;
    • Minister and volunteer, St. Agnes Church, Arlington;
    • Arlington Special Needs Activities and Programs (ASNAP), president;
    • Poetry reader to preschoolers and elementary grades;
    • Former Little League and soccer coach and referee;
    • Former Boys Scouts of America cubmaster and badge counselor; and
    • Former Habitat for Humanity, Belmont, building helper.



    • Active grandparent;
    • Annual participant to Rotary Polar Plunge;
    • Former substitute teacher, elementary classes in Lexington and Concord;
    • Web cocoordinator for Groton-Dunstable School System Retired Teachers;
    • Reader;
    • Hiker;
    • Traveler – three trips across U.S. with family and second honeymoon, to Alaska, celebrating 50th wedding anniversary.
    Previous elections

    In the 2017 town election, Hayner came in second among School Committee candidates, with 1,955 votes. Susse was first, with 1984, and Schlichtman drew 1,902.

    In the 2014 town election, Hayner was also second among school candidates, with 3,131 votes. Susse received 3,646, Schlichtman 3,102 and Michael Buckley 2,268.

    In the 2011 town election, Hayner won the third seat on the School Committee. He received 3,983 votes, behind Joseph Curro Jr. and ahead of Leba Heigham.

    This news summary was published Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020. All potential candidates in the April election have been asked a similar set of questions. All responses received will be edited and published.