Shelton Board of Education candidate: James Orazietti

James Orazietti

James Orazietti

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Party: Republican

If elected, what will be your primary focus — budget, curriculum, another topic?

My primary focus would be the allocations of city taxpayer dollars in the most effective manner to directly impact the classroom and of course the facilities in which they would be applied.

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?

Our current bus company has come under a tremendous amount of unfair political biased criticism as evident by surrounding towns sending out messages of unavailable bus service, resulting in some completely closing schools, while the Shelton Student Transportation Service has saved millions to be redirected as intended for the classroom, all while providing a commendable level of service during a most difficult time. The investment in new routing/GPS technology by the city and BOE will allow for a more user friendly higher level of service starting at the beginning of the New Year.

Your thoughts on the school budget — 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 Democrats budget approach to keep highly paid administrators and eliminate student programs was all too apparent during our budget negotiations, while our Republican BOE team has and will always focus on the “money in the classroom” approach, as evident with our beautiful facilities, massive technology purchases, and the level of investment made into our teaching staff as the highest paid teachers in our DRG and top 15 percent in state with only lower Fairfield County being paid more.

The actions of past BOE's budget overruns and failure to return millions in state reimbursable funds to the city taxpayers resulted in lawsuits and a distrusting, non functioning business environment.

Our progress and advancements were made possible by constant communications with the BOA and the mayors office to benefit Students, employees and taxpayers. As a lifelong resident, I look forward to the continued dialog and the honor of representing all my Shelton constituents in the ever challenging business of educating our students.