Fran: Why I’m Running for BOE

I would like to be one of your votes for a four-year term on the Board of Education in November. My family and I are living proof that the US democracy, the great educational resources of Ridgefield and hard work gets results.

We moved to Ridgefield in the summer of 2004 but lived in other locations in the US before. Our middle child was born in Danbury hospital. We came here for our lovely small town center and for the great schools. All three of our children have attended the Ridgefield Public Schools and our youngest is still a student at ERMS. Our two older children are now at colleges here at UConn and on the west coast. I worked in higher education in England where I was a finance manager at University College London, the largest college in the University of London. I was also the liaison at UCL Student Center for all the clubs and societies who received funds from the college.

As you can see, I am very familiar with educational finance, budgets and balancing educational needs with fiscal responsibility.

In Ridgefield I have volunteered extensively in our schools and served as President of Farmingville’s and East Ridge PTA’s. I have also been Treasurer and Advocacy Rep at RHS. I am a member of the Ridgefield League of Women Voters and I have been on three of their Study Committees. I have been a catechist at St Mary’s Parish and currently I will be a group leader for Grade 8. My youngest daughter and I are members of NCL and we volunteer for many groups in town such as Sphere, Meals on Wheels and the Keeler Tavern.

I was the first person in my extended family in the UK to attend university, and I value the benefits of education. I view myself as a life-long learner and I want the same opportunities for my children and all the children of Ridgefield. To successfully deliver these opportunities we must have a Board of Education that values a quality school system and strives to improve the outcomes for our children each and every day. It is important to review what the district’s priorities are and what they need to be. We must focus on delivering what our children need to succeed beyond the K-12 environment and ensure that they have the competencies and skills required for 21st century colleges and careers.

I think the school system is an investment for the taxpayers of Ridgefield. A good school system supports house prices and encourages inward-migration. We offer the charms of small town New England plus a quality education system. I believe my experience in finance and education can contribute to the work of the BOE and help to deliver success for our children.

Please vote for me on November 3rd for a four-year term.