WESTON, Conn. - Weston candidates were posed a set of three questions by The Daily Voice to help give voters an idea of what they might bring to the position.
Democrat Sara Spaulding was appointed to the Board of Education to fill a vacancy in June. This would be her first full term. Here are her answers:
1) Why are you running this year?
I moved to Weston nine years ago, and one of the things I love most about our town is the strong sense of community and service. Our school system is both impressive and an integral part of the fabric of our community. I have been particularly impressed with our schools and am grateful for the opportunity to continue giving back. I think my skill set lends itself well to the jobs at hand on the board.
2) What do you hope to accomplish in your term if elected?
Our schools are an integral part of Weston, and we owe it to every resident to safeguard this asset. It is imperative that we embrace the new realities of education such as: safety needs, changing curricular and assessment standards and the burgeoning areas of global classrooms and blended learning. We must be flexible and measured, but must be ready to embrace these realities if we are to continue offering the first rate education we have come to expect. We must be diligent in exploring all options and incorporating choices that will continue the first rate education we offer. Every decision must be responsible, ensuring maximized use of town resources. I plan to continue enhancing the open discourse with the community to meet these goals.
3) How do you stand out against your competitors?
As a former outreach clinician, I treated children of all ages; working with their schools as well as their families. My understanding of developmental psychology and of its interplay with schools gives me a unique perspective. While in law school, I interned at the U.S. Department of Education, where I developed an interest in, and a commitment to, the legal backbone of educational rights.
As a corporate attorney, I developed analytical skills that allow me to process information and apply it to the issues before the Board. While living in Weston, I have been lucky enough to serve on preschool boards and on the PTOs. As Hurlbutt PTO president, I had weekly meetings with the superintendent and attended the monthly Board meetings. My understanding of the school district and my relationships with parents, staff and administration help me make informed choices for Weston.
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