Letter: Education candidate shares her history

To the Editor:

I am excited to be a part of the Herbst Team and now seeking election to the Trumbull Board of Education. I obtained my A.S. degree in human services with high honors from Housatonic Community College, then furthered my studies at Southern CT State University. Currently I am a recognized honors student at Fairfield University pursuing studies in the field of psychology. I am a 30+ year veteran employee of the Town of Greenwich and currently serve as the full-time program coordinator at the Senior Center.

Based upon its reputation of having an excellent school system, my husband Jack and I chose to raise our family in Trumbull. Our sons were born in 1989 and 1993 and upon completion of their elementary school education, I was humbled to receive the prestigious “Tomasko Award” from the Daniels Farm School PTA for outstanding volunteer service. My community activities also include volunteering as a Junior Achievement classroom consultant, Sensitivity/ Democracy/ Invention Convention Day participant, and THS Touchdown Club Scholarship/ Field Sign/ Senior Night coordinator. Proud products of the Trumbull Public School system, our oldest son Alexander is a cum laude graduate of Sacred Heart University and a Greenwich police officer, while William is completing his college degree in social work and is a freshman lacrosse coach at THS.

I served as an appointed member of the Trumbull Board of Recreation for three years where I co-chaired the Finance Sub-Committee, launched the town’s Teen Center at Indian Ledge Park, and participated in the planning and implementation of seasonal youth and adult programming. I have also been a board member of Trumbull’s Business Education Initiative (BEI), where I served on the Mini-Grant Funding Committee. For the past eight years, I have faithfully served on the Trumbull Town Council as a District 1 representative and currently chair the busy Legislation and Administration Committee. I also have the distinct honor to be the council vice chairman. I would also like to thank the voters of District 1 for placing their trust in me to be their voice in government.

Great accomplishments have been made by the Herbst Administration, such as full-day kindergarten, new state-of-the-art classroom technology, and enhanced school security, but there is still much to do. Efficiencies must be continually identified in order to reduce costs and invest in endeavors that produce students prepared for college and ready to take on the challenges of today. If elected, I plan to fully utilize my extensive community and municipal experience to advocate for Trumbull’s students and their families. My education platform includes:

• Realistic annual budget increases

• More energy-efficient school buildings

• Universal Pre-K program
• Electronic curriculum systems

• The implementation of elementary level foreign language offerings
I am a dedicated community servant who will continue to vote my convictions and be a clear voice of reason on the Board of Education. As always, I humbly ask for your vote on Tuesday Nov. 3.
Suzanne Testani