Party: Republican Incumbent?: No Current Job: Retired Past Employment: Teacher in the Shelton Public School System for 40 years Volunteering: Read Across America; Junior Achievement; Milken Family Foundation member Education: Shelton public schools; Western CT State University, B.S., Elementary Education with concentrations in science and math; University of Bridgeport, M.S., sixth year; Doctorates in Educational Administration, Supervision and Leadership, and Human Resources; Recognized and cited as an outstanding doctoral leader in Who's Who in University Students; 17 years as a board member with three years as chair of the State Department of Education's Celebration of Excellence program while simultaneously serving for five years as Chair and member for the CT State Department, Bureau of Certification and Development and Accreditation Review Team. Previous Offices Held: Shelton Board of Education, two terms If elected, what will be your primary focus \u2014 budget, curriculum, another topic? If voters afford me the opportunity to return to the BOE, I would focus on supporting the new initiatives promoted under the outstanding leadership of Kathy Yolish and her current BOE members. Those initiatives include a consolidation of budgetary items, continued transparency of line items, and focusing on the needs and services for students and staff with emphasis on cost effective and appropriate products and procedures. I would especially like to support the expansion of the technology program and the selection and implementation of its applications to include budgetary, policy and learning and teaching practices. I hope that my skills and experiences in education will be of service to support our community. What is your stance on the city-run bus company? A positive or negative for the school district, and what would your stance be when time to go back to bid\/negotiate with the city? In regards to the city-run school bus service, I believe it is a unique and reasonable effort to curtail extraneous past bus expenditures and practices. During my four years on the BOE, I witnessed bus contracts continually siphon off money that would have been best spent on the students' learning needs. I saw buses following archaic bus routes that were occasionally amended but ineffective. I saw the result of the past routes and practices created many open seats and many parents transporting their children to and from school, which in turn resulted in great traffic congestion on roads near the schools twice a day. Although the on-going pandemic has affected this problem and created new challenges, now I can see and believe that the current and continual up-dating of routes and procedures in the newly formed, city-owned bus department will make this service more efficient and applicable to parents' and students' needs. I also think that the city has been able to lessen the shortage of drivers that many other school systems have experienced this year because of its unique position of ownership. Your thoughts on the school budget \u2014 how it stands now for what is needed in the schools? How would you help to continue better relations between the BOE\/Mayor\/Aldermen? The relationship between the BOE\/Mayor\/Aldermen has improved greatly but as issues and challenges appear there is always room for refinement. Regular meetings between BOE members, the Aldermen and Mayor have afforded all individuals opportunities for open communications and transparency regarding current and projected costs, services, management changes, and system-wide goals. I particularly like the combined efforts and support for the influx of new technology and system software for all personnel and students. The next step is to research and develop more efficient on-line teaching and learning practices and to offer students a 21st century process for continued learning all-year long, especially during times of health crisis and\/or social\/environmental duress.