I was in attendance at the Board of Ed Forum at Frenchtown.
Mrs. Chory, Ms. Penkoff and Mrs. Herbst made a point several times that Superintendant Iassogna can do a better job finding “efficiencies” in the system. It’s the year 2011, we no longer have computer paras. Last year my children’s school ran out of paper and Social Studies books. Parents donate paper towels, hand soap, and tissues. We can’t contact our child’s school between the hours of 12-1:30 because we don’t have a secretary available to answer the calls. “Pay to Play” is capped out at the parents’ expense. Our teachers passed up increases last year, those who left were not replaced. We have more students at the high school and less academic courses offered.
I felt strange irony when the most conservative of candidates were advocating for an estimated $750,000 Full-Day Kindergarten program. Our schools are some of the best in the country, CMT scores are some of the highest in Connecticut. (Note: The Herbst generation of children has not yet taken their CMTs). Students walk through rain and snow to a portable trailer to be educated. We are talking about expanding our kindergarten to a full day?
Several candidates who hit the Superintendant hard on his “lack of efficiencies” made proud mention of the Family Circle article that named Trumbull “Top 7 Towns for Families”- Mr. Iassogna has been our superintendant for 12 years. Should he not get any credit for this honor?
I’m not comfortable voting for a candidate that tweets “I think I’m not a fan of PTA Moms. It’s like a gang or something that travel in packs. ” Or “Politics sucks. Why do I keep doing this insanity driven crap?” (Penkoff, Twitter, Feb ‘10). Does Ms. Penkoff realize that the PTA parents spend countless volunteer hours raising funds for programs and items that the BoE budget does not provide? Are Cindy and her running mates’ mouths and minds in the right place to earn this prestigious position?
In my mind seasoned, composed, non-divisive candidates like Seaman and Ward are trustworthy of decisions that will inevitably affect my children’s future. Mary Beth Thornton has been a supporter throughout the critical building years of Trumbull’s stellar education program; she too has earned my vote.