Jeannette C. Brodeur, Democrat Running for Board of Education
1. As a child growing up in Waterbury, my parents always stressed the importance of public service. I joined Plymouth SEPTA in 2006, and served as secretary 2010-12, and president 2013-16. I’ve been a member of the Democratic Town Committee since 2014 and their secretary since 2015. I was appointed a member of the Plymouth Library Board in 2016. As the mother of three special needs children, special education remains an issue very close to my heart. I participated in the Connecticut Parent Advocacy Program at Northwestern Connecticut Community College. I have served on the school district’s search committee for a new special education director.
2. I am very excited about the future of our schools here, thanks to the excellent leadership that Superintendent Dr. Martin J. Semmel has provided as well as the innovative educators and staff at each of the schools. I’ve watched things improve over the years and I am also very impressed with our Special Education Director Barbara Trinks.
3. As a journalist for more than 30 years, I’ve covered many school districts throughout the state and I’m not afraid to step back and ask the difficult questions. Being an outsider to the process has an advantage, I’m not going to just approve every vote.
4. I want to see us make strides as a district by offering innovative programs and curriculum. We need to be as creative as we can within the confines of our budget. I want to encourage all of our district staff to offer ideas and suggestions on how to do this. Our teachers and our aides are there in the classrooms every day with our students.
5. Lack of funding. We have to learn to do more with less. I want us to explore all types of alternate funding to see if we can get the maximum benefits for our district. We have to keep fighting on a local and state level as well as the national level to make sure that important programs and funding don’t keep getting eliminated.
6. Our people. We are the little town that could! I see so many friends here willing to pitch in and help whenever residents need help, that’s what encourages me and gives me hope. We all come together when we need to, no matter what political party.
7. I’m going to do my very best to help all of the students in this district to succeed. I want to work together with all of our board members to help our district shine. It’s not about party politics. It’s about helping our children.