School board candidates discuss issues

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Naugatuck Board of Education candidates debate at a forum Wednesday night at Naugatuck High School. Jason Celozzi, a Democratic newcomer, addresses the crowd. -REPUBLICAN-AMERICAN
Naugatuck Board of Education candidates debate at a forum Wednesday night at Naugatuck High School. Jason Celozzi, a Democratic newcomer, addresses the crowd. -REPUBLICAN-AMERICAN

NAUGATUCK — Eight of the 10 candidates for Board of Education discussed their platforms during a forum Wednesday night.

Each of them was asked the same four questions about what they plan to do if elected. The following are highlights from each of their responses:

Jason Celozzi, Democrat

  • Believes the town should contract with educational grants writers.
  • Thinks rather than hiring new administrators for certain tasks, the board should give more responsibilities and stipends to current staff.

Glenn Connan, Republican

  • Wants to end social promotion, or passing students along who don’t make the grade.
  • Wants high school start times to be later.

Ethel Grant, Democrat

  • Believes school administrators are like “specialists” in the medical field in that they are being paid to do a particular, specialized job and should be compensated accordingly.
  • Said: “Administrators are working as a team and getting results.”

David M. Heller, Democrat

  • Wants to continue to promote more parental involvement in schools.
  • Said administrative pay is in line with other like-sized communities of similar socioeconomic status and that they “earn every penny.”

Jill Mahoney, Democrat

  • Wants to have more before- and after-school activities for children.
  • Wants to get more people in the community involved in the educational system.

Diana Malone, Republican

  • Believes there should be more and better communication between parents/guardians and the schools.
  • Thinks the school system should seek more educational grants.

Dorothy Neth-Kunin, Republican

  • Believes the administrative team is doing a good job.
  • Wants to get the community involved in the educational system and get them out to see the positive things happening in the school district.

James Scully, Democrat

  • Wants to work on upkeep of the school facilities.
  • Wants to see math scores increase by 20 percent.

Republican candidates Eileen Lingl and Scott Slauson did not attend the forum, which was hosted by the Naugatuck Parent School Council, with support from Naugatuck Youth Services’ Youth Leaders.