I have taken an active role in my children's education here in Watertown, and I welcome the opportunity to work closely with other Board of Education members to continue to make improvements in areas of need, especially our test scores which rank below surrounding towns.
What is the most pressing local issue facing your community and how would you solve it (within the capacity of the office for which you are running)?
Most pressing issue in regards to Board of Education is our test scores. As a builder in town, I often here the following statement "We love Watertown, but prefer the schools in Middlebury, Woodbury, Cheshire, or Prospect". This has a negative impact on our home values in town which is concerning.
With the state's ongoing budget crisis looming over the election, what are your plans for your community's budget? Is there anything you can do make your town less dependent on revenue from the state?
We need to bring in more tax revenue, and scrutinize all expenses more closely.
The legislature has been debating various ideas to allow towns to raise revenue locally through something other than property taxes. If you could ease your residents' property tax burden by adding another method of taxation, is there anything you might consider for your town?
I am open minded to all considerations.
Are you in favor of regionalizing more services in conjunction with other nearby communities? If so, which ones?
Should your school district get the same amount of education funding from the state if your district's enrollment is dropping?
What's one thing most people don't know about you?
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