Richard J. Foote, Democrat Running for Board of Education.
1. Since about 1979 when I got on the Board of Fire Commissioners. I’ve been on the Board of Assessors, the council and other boards and commissions, and I am currently on the Historic Properties Commission.
2. I don’t see any problem with the way Plymouth schools are going. I was a teacher and guidance counselor for 28 years in Watertown, and I’m still substituting there so I have a lot of experience with schools. For school bus transportation, you see the buses going by, most of them are not even half full. That’s a very big expense that they really ought to look at. Another thing is class sizes. Just the other day I had a class of 25 freshmen. That’s much too big for that age group. Class sizes need to be kept at close to minimum as possible.
3. As I said, I have a lot of experience with schools.
4. I think I’ll wait to find out what’s going on when I get there. Like I said, I don’t see any really big problems with the way the schools are run. We’ve got some good facilities and staff, it’s a good idea to try to keep it that way.
5. The immediate one right now is this state budget thing, hopefully they do something about it. Having a police officer in the school is important, that’s not where you want to save money. In Watertown, we have a police officer in the school all the time now. He mixes well with the kids and he’s there if you need him.
6. I’m impressed with kids generally. They are so much smarter than we were at that age, especially the AP kids. I’ve been a Lions Club member for 52 years and at Terryville High School we’ve got the Leo Club, which is our youth group. It has over 150 members, the kids are hard workers and they can speak in front of a group of people like you wouldn’t believe. They’re great kids.
7. I have experience and I’m a lifelong resident. My Mom is still alive at 101 years old and still lives in the same house I grew up in, so I have deep roots in the community. I do a monthly column in The Plymouth Connection, so anybody who knows me I would hope they would vote for me.