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School Committee
Fred Faerber

Current Elected Positions:
Portsmouth School Committee 2012-2022
Portsmouth Water & Fire District (4 terms) 2011-2024
 
Educational background: 
Masters in Taxation, Bryant University (1981)
MBA, URI (1979)
B. S. Foreign Service, Georgetown University (1968)
De La Salle Academy, Newport, RI (1964)
Certified Public Accountant (Rhode Island – License 1303)
 
Employment History:
Executive Recruiter, Financial Services                                             1988 to Present
Roger Williams University, Visiting Professor of Accounting         2008- 2009
Citicorp, Vice President                                                                        1984-1988
Price Waterhouse, Managing Consultant                                         1982-1984
KPMG Peat Marwick, Managing Consultant                                     1978-1982
Old Stone Bank, Commercial Loan Officer                                        1973-1978
U.S. Air Force, Air Force Security Services                                         1969-1973
U. S Capitol Police, Washington, DC,                                                  1968-1969                                       - Accepted to the U.S. Secret Service 1969
 
 
Why am I running? 

 

As a nearly 10 year member of the current school committee I believe I have significantly contributed to the growth in excellence of our school district which is generally regarded as the third best in the state. (Our science program is ranked #1 in RI.) I would like for it to be the best and we have been hard at that work but more needs to be done. As an executive recruiter, CPA, former banker and management consultant I believe those experiences have been very helpful to the school district, improving its efficiency, fiscal integrity and transparency as well as increasing academic excellence. I’m also a member of the RI Association of School Committees which provides improving education advocacy for all state school districts and professional development opportunities for all school committee members.
My two children are products of a public education and it has served them very well.
 
 
What are the most important issues facing your constituents?
 
Rigorous educational excellence to prepare graduates for whatever endeavors they choose, safety and security, support for those children with special needs and maintaining and upgrading school facilities. School safety is critically important and we have been in the forefront in RI, dramatically improving school security for all students.
 
We have improved our course offerings in STEAM related courses believing that most future careers will require familiarity with those skills. Graduates may have multiple job changes in their lives and I believe we should try to provide them with the best educational tools to enable them to adapt. Even graduates who choose not to go to college may change their minds later and should graduate not requiring remedial training later. It’s also very important to maintain and build a trusted relationship with the Town Council and taxpayers which we have done. A strong school district maintains and enhances property values
 
 
Other Voluntary Community Activities: 
Past Treasurer of Fort Adams Trust
Past Member of Newport Trust & Investments Committee
Past President of Middletown Rotary
Past Chairman of the Portsmouth Redevelopment Agency
Member - Portsmouth Pension Review Committee
Past Finance Director of Rhode Island Association of School Committees