Rhonda grew up on Salem Street in Rockland where she attended the Memorial Park School and the junior high before moving to Hanover and graduating from Hanover High. She has been proud to call Hanover home for the past 39 years where she and her late husband decided to raise their two daughters, Kristy and Kara. There, she's raised a family, co-founded the Howie Nyman Memorial Scholarship Fund, founded the Robert J. Nyman Memorial Scholarship and has been an active and committed advocate for our communities.
Rhonda understands that her job as our State Representative centers around our families and communities, and she's always made them a vital part of her work.
Representative Nyman has supported 21st-century educational opportunities for our students, and she has worked closely with officials from the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) to ensure a smooth finish to our school building projects in Hanover and Rockland. Rhonda has also brought back an increase in funding for our public schools, giving our districts an additional $40 to spend per pupil. She also joined the legislature in fully-funding the Special Education Circuit Breaker for the first time since 2008. This money will ensure that our special needs students receive the education and services that they deserve.
Drawing on her vast experience balancing budgets as a small-business CFO, Rhonda has gone to Beacon Hill not only as a fiscal watchdog, but to also fight for and prioritize local aid funding for Hanover, Norwell and Rockland. She has followed through on this priority and has brought back an increase in local aid to all three towns. She is also proud to have been part of a legislature that has held true to its promise of not introducing any new taxes or fees, keeping the money in the pockets of the taxpayers.
Representative Nyman has also been a staunch advocate for our police and fire departments who provide vital public safety services to our communities. She sparked a bi-partisan effort to secure $4.6 million for the Plymouth County Sheriff's Department in order to save jobs and keep the correctional facility up-and-running. She also helped secure a $1 million federal grant for Plymouth County Firefighter Communication Equipment which will increase the efficiency of regional fire services. Representative Nyman also ensured that money was included in the budget for the Catastrophic Incident Stress Management Fund (CISM) for our firefighters who experience traumatic events on the job.
Representative Nyman has also forged a close working relationship with local officials to advance local priorities and projects. She has aggressively monitored the ongoing progress of the Route 53 bridge repair and widening project in Hanover, which has an expected completion date of October 2012. She has also worked with federal, state and local officials in promoting the development of Southfield and the East-West Parkway in Rockland.