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Board of Education: Elected or Appointed?

by Pamela Discko

Trumbull Voters, did you know that your votes do not count for 6 of the 7 positions on the Board of Education? 

Currently, each political party chooses 3 candidates to be put on the ballot. Running unopposed, they need only one vote, their own, to “win”. They each serve 4 year terms.  They are not elected by the voters, they are appointed.

The proposed Charter Revision on the ballot this November seeks to change this. Under the revision of Chapter VII, Section 3, all BOE members will serve concurrent 2 year terms. When the current 4 year terms are up, the next member to be elected will serve a 2 year term.  Each party will nominate 5 candidates.  The voters will select 7 of the 10 candidates on the ballot.  This will be a true election.

Something else to consider: The BOE submits a budget each year to the town which appears as a line item in the town budget. Once the Board of Finance, the Town Council and the First Selectman agree on the amount and the town budget is passed, that amount, (which this year is $96M+), is turned over to the BOE to spend as they see fit, with no town oversight.

Here are the facts: Currently, 6 out of 7 BOE members are not “truly” elected by the voters and these 7 people spend 2/3 of every tax dollar. It’s time to change the Trumbull Town Charter.

Pamela Discko

Trumbull

Jim Flynn November 01, 2011 at 12:21 AM
More from Mrs. Penkoff's Facebook page, posted today: "I love people who feel the need to only give half the information. Yes that is sarcastic. One would think that someone who spends so much time defending a budget would actually know what that budget is, not just the part that suites them. I hate condescending witches. (and warlocks) :) but I love when they are wrong!!" Vote for Mrs. Seaman on November 8 Trumbull deserves better than Mrs. Penkoff on our BOE!
Joan November 01, 2011 at 12:42 AM
At let us remember who is having her run on his ticket for the Board of Ed. Herbst's choice of Mrs. Penkoff for that seat should be all people need to know about his judgment and his commitment to education.
Cindy Katske November 01, 2011 at 01:34 AM
There is no chapter left out of the ABC's. There is a slide in the presentation and a page in the Citizen's Guide that clearly delineates what is included in the BOE operating budget and what is not. The items that are not included in the BOE operating budget are what Cindy P. seems to be talking about, and what Mrs. Discko referred to in her letter.
Momof3 November 01, 2011 at 12:27 PM
Ms Penkoff- You are truly an embarrasment to Trumbull.
Cindy Katske November 02, 2011 at 01:09 PM
The Charter Revision Forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters and the PTSA Council will be broadcast on Charter Channel 17/U-Verse Channel 99 at 7pm beginning tomorrow, November 3 until Monday, November 7. I urge all voters to watch it!

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