Posts tagged ‘education’

November 6th, 2013

Tynan Captures Tax Collector; Dunn Cruises in Sweeping Victory

by Christopher O'Brien
Mayor Thomas G. Dunn hugs a supporter

Mayor Thomas G. Dunn hugs a supporter after winning re-election Tuesday night.

By Chris O’Brien

Despite a last minute appeal for change by Democratic nominee Michael Gugliotti, voters overwhelmingly returned Thomas G. Dunn to the Mayor’s office with 78% of the vote. Gugliotti received about 16% of the vote and Petitioning Candidate Steven Olmstead received 6% in his second bid for Mayor.

Hayley Conroy leans in to help her mother Cheryl vote at Tyrrell School

Hayley Conroy leans in to help her mother Cheryl vote at Tyrrell School

However, all eyes were on the Tax Collector’s race where where current Municipal Agent Darlene Tynan defeated Cheryl McQueen Brundage by about 350 votes. All vote tallies did not include absentee ballots. The final count will be available Wednesday morning.

There was standing room only at the VFW as family, friends, and well-wishers packed the hall.

“They sent out the report cards. Before I got all F’s,” giving reference to a piece of campaign literature received by many voters. “But tonight I received all V’s (for victory)!” said a beaming Tynan of her win.

(Correction: We originally reported the wrong candidate had won a seat to the Town Council from District 3. Joe DelBouno won that seat. We regret the error but thank a reader for the correction.)

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November 1st, 2013

Democratic Candidates for Board of Education

by Christopher O'Brien

BOEBuildingPhotoThe largest industry in Wolcott is education. With over 500 teachers and staff educating about 2800 students, the Board of Education is also the town’s largest employer. It manages a $32.2 Million budget -65% of all town expenditures. Members meet twice a month and are prohibited from receiving any payment by state statute.

Their role is to manage the school system, oversee the Superintendant, approve hires and resignation, approve curricula and many other roles. The Board is governed by State Statute and operates entirely independent of the Mayor and Town Council. The only role the Town C

ouncil has officially with the Board is approving the total requested whole budget allocation (For example, the Council can approve its $32.2 million budget, but has no input into any specific line item).

When new contracts are approved, Board and Superintendant often submit those contracts to the Council for approval.

Republicans currently have a 6-3 majority. Each party will present 6 candidates to voters to choose from on Election Day. Voters may select up to 6 candidates on their ballot, although 9 will be elected.

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October 8th, 2013

Election Choices: What Does That Person Do?

by Christopher O'Brien

vote clipartLocal politics are often the most personal engagement with our democratic form of government any of us will ever encounter. A President, for instance, campaigns for office only through our television sets and airways and most of us will never meet a Presidential candidate. However, we might bump into our local leaders on a regular basis in  IGA, Dunkin Donuts, church or a school function on any day of the week. We know their faces, but are you aware of the decisions they make that impact your life every day?

In many respects, your local elected leaders have a larger impact than the President or Congress. When politicians run for higher office, they often get their start on the local level as well. You can’t run a country with trillions of dollar budgets without first understanding million dollar budgets impacting a few thousand residents.

When you go into the voting booth on November 5th, will you know what you are selecting a candidate to actually do? Or will you choose them simply by name or facial recognition? Are they the best candidate for the job, and if so, what qualities matches that job applicant for that particular office?

This article is intended to help voters understand how Wolcott’s government works, and who does what.

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November 7th, 2011

Democratic Board of Education Candidate Profiles

by LonSeidman

Democrats are bringing five newcomers to the slate this year. Incumbent Teresa Pineau has only been on the Board for eight months. Currently, there are four members. Helen Audibert is retiring while James Pape and Tony Gugliotti have opted to run for Town Council.

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