Letter: Increase efficiency, enhance education

To the Editor:

My name is Joe Peddle and I would like to introduce myself as I seek your support in the Nov. 5 election for a position on the Board of Education. From the time my family and I moved to Trumbull several years ago, I have made an effort to give back to this community. Whether it has been volunteering to coach AYSO soccer and Trumbull Little League, or as a member of the Long Hill Fire Company, or serving as president of Jane Ryan School’s Father’s Club, I believe in giving back.

In March 2012, I was asked by First Selectman Herbst to participate on the Trumbull Efficiency Committee, the group studying efficiencies between the Town and the Board of Education. As a business and finance professional at GE Capital, I was eager for the chance to help find synergies between the two. As a member of this non-partisan commission, we identified several strategies to increase our efficiency while enhancing our children's education. A few recommendations from the study that I hope to move forward if elected include:

• Implement a capital plan addressing facilities

• Integrate a technology plan benefiting students and teachers

• Increase purchasing control and oversight for non-academic services

It is imperative that residents elect an individual whom not only can address issues such as redistricting and Common Core, but also someone who can do so in a financially sound manner while increasing academic achievement. I hope to be that individual for you on the Board of Education.

Joe Peddle