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Scott Wood was born and raised in Haverhill, the son of a police officer and ESP in the Haverhill Public Schools. Scott learned from a young age the importance of public service and giving back to your community, not only from his parents but also from his grandfather, Merton Howard, who spent 37 years serving Haverhill as a police officer.
Scott attended Fox School, Golden Hill School, Whittier Middle School, and Haverhill High School, where he graduated in 2001. Just two years after he graduated from high school, Scott was elected to the Haverhill School Committee in 2003, becoming the youngest elected official in the City's history. After high school, and while serving on the school committee, Scott attended Fisher College, earning a Bachelor's degree in Management and an Associate's Degree in Criminal Justice.
Over the course of his nearly 20 years on the School Committee, Scott has worked diligently on behalf of Haverhill schools, its students, educators, and faculty. He led the fight for smaller class sizes and modern technology in the classroom, supported robust projects such as the comprehensive high school renovation, and successfully negotiated contracts that balanced fiscal restraint with the need for competitive pay to attract and retain quality teachers. Scott was the force behind the creation of the Haverhill School Committee Subcommittee, aiming to ensure that Haverhill’s educators were reflective of the student body.
Scott is a seasoned finance professional, having spent nearly two decades in the finance industry. He understands the importance of fiscal responsibility and smart financial management. Scott has also been at the forefront of the 21st century issues that Haverhill faces. He has pushed for new and innovative programs in our schools and within our community to address substance use disorder, violence within our schools and neighborhoods, and truancy to name a few.
In addition to his work on the School Committee, Scott has always been actively involved in his community and in supporting important causes and organizations. He has served on the Board of Directors for the Haverhill Boys and Girls Club and Greater Haverhill Newburyport ARC, coached basketball at the local YMCA, and worked as a Care Ambassador for the Parkinson's Foundation.
Now, Scott is running for Mayor to take his years of experience and track record of delivering real results to City Hall where he will continue to fight for the people of Haverhill.