Shelton Board of Education candidate: Michael Mainiero

Michael Mainiero

Michael Mainiero

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Party: Republican

Incumbent?: No

Current job: K-12 Account Manager at CDW

Past employment: Account Manager at Indeed; City of Shelton building maintenance

Volunteering: Shelton High School assistant football coach; Shelton AYF football coach; Shelton flag football coach

Education: Nichols College, B.S., business administration

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

All of the above. All areas should be reviewed.

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?

There is an ongoing shortage of qualified drivers not only across the state of Connecticut, but all across The United States. With that being said it's only fair to say we cannot give this matter a fair evaluation. The best we can do in the meantime is to compare

Shelton's situation to the surrounding cities who in some cases have had to tell parents to plan on driving their children to school. I truly believe it can only improve and be a positive outcome. Especially with new tracking technology that will be soon implemented

giving our school bus system the up to date, state of the art technology being implemented across the country.

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?

Board of Education’s across CT have been confrontational with city halls due to what legislature has done over the years. Results have been overshadowed by budget dialogue. generations of Shelton students have prospered both academically and within extracurricular activities. One quick example being our internationally renowned robotics program. One important thing to understand is over the last 10 years student enrollment has decreased by 1,500 students, which is equivalent to 3 elementary schools. But our BOE budget is up $10 million since 10 years ago. With that being said good management of our resources should focus heavily on our students.