Melissa Johnson, Incumbent Republican Running for Board of Education.
1. I’ve been on the BOE almost four years, becoming chairman two years ago. I feel advocating for children is one of the greatest rewards. Prior to that I was very involved in our local PTA, a founding member of our Plymouth SEPTA, also served as president of the Connecticut PTA 2007-09, and served on the National PTA Board of Directors 2009-11.
2. I love the direction Plymouth school are going in. We are focusing on student achievement, improving curriculum for all students and having emotional learning as an initiative for the entire district. Communication to parents and staff has increased 10-fold.
3. My biggest accomplishment happened while I have been chairman. I have adjusted our agenda to streamline it. Also we use “Robert’s Rules of Order” more efficiently. There is more openness to the workings of the district so the questions asked during meetings are very specific and relevant. My skill sets that help me lead are being a president to many PTAs and being on boards for over 20 years and I have an understanding of “Robert’s Rules of Order” and enjoy bylaws and P&P. I have been advocating for students for over 20 years and personally advocating for my children, two of them with special needs.
4. To continue streamlining the board meeting and committee process, helping support our staff by effectively using our budget, and maximizing our resources to serve the students of Plymouth.
5. Always the budget, especially this year essentially not having a state budget and possible Education Cost Sharing cuts.
6. The people, staff and students.
7. Celebrating our students’ achievements and accomplishments.
8. Get to know me as a person who advocates for our greatest resource (our children). Ask me questions, watch our board meetings and know I care about our students and this school system.