The below information is a part of the Eye's Elections 2011 series to provide information to voting citizens and does not represent any endorsement by the Middletown Eye or any of its authors.
I have two children at Macdonough Elementary School. I grew up in a home where my firefighter father, and housewife mother, spent many hours every week giving back to their community. It’s a value I share. My father-in-law, Reds McMillan, was a positive force on the Middletown Board of Education. I only hope to be able to match his effort.
We cannot continue to starve our schools and expect results to get better. We need to be sure that every dollar spent by our school administration ends up helping our teachers to instruct and our students to learn. Our Board of Education needs to foster better communication, transparency, accountability and creativity from every individual charged with the responsibility of educating our children. Strong schools can be the most effective economic development tool a city has. Good schools attract businesses and residents. There is no reason we can’t aspire to having the best schools in the state, and that should be our goal.
I don’t consider myself a politician, and I feel strongly that Board of Education decisions should be based on doing what’s best and most appropriate, and not based on political affiliation. I pledge to listen to parents, teachers, students and administrators to help make decisions that will create a better school system. School administrators need to be much more responsive to the needs of parents, students, teachers and in-school administrators.
As a founder of the Middletown Eye, I’ve spent hundreds of hours in meetings, and I know that serving on a board or commission is not an easy job. But I’ve never been afraid of hard work or a challenge. I feel my leadership skills, and my willingness to ask difficult questions will serve me well in serving the community.
You can find out more about my candidacy and views on my Facebook page “Ed4Ed.”