Hey, does anyone know there’s a special election to fill four Board of Education seats on September 4? Leadership at the Bridgeport Regional Business Council knows and it’s asking membership to support the Democratic-endorsed candidates Hernan Illingworth, Jacqui Kelleher and Ken Moales at a Wednesday fundraiser. The Dem candidates are current members of the reconstituted BOE following state takeover of city schools last year.
The Republican candidates are husband/wife Wayne Hayes and Evelyn Hayes and ex Republican Registrar of Voters Joe Borges. Bridgeport hoop star John “Bags” Bagley is one of two candidates nominated by Connecticut’s Working Families Party. The other WFP candidate Barbara Pouchet has been active in city education issues. The Connecticut Supreme Court ordered a special election after it invalidated state control of city schools. One of the four school board positions on the ballot is reserved for minority party representation. The GOP and WFP candidates will fight it out for that spot. The elected board will be seated as soon as the September 4 results are certified by elections officials, per order of the Supremes. Business community invitation:
TO: Members of the BRBC and BCC Board of Directors
FROM: Paul Timpanelli, Mike Niedermeier, Bob Trefry
Over the last 7 years, the Business Council has invested over $775,000 into the Bridgeport School system in an effort to improve financial accountability, transparency and operational improvement. To date, we have identified over $13 million in operational efficiencies and those dollars are now being reinvested into the classroom to improve student outcomes.
This is a crucial period for the Bridgeport school system as a new Board of Education will soon be seated. We cannot sit on the sidelines and allow the clock to be turned back, We must help to assure that a Board is seated that will carry on the progress made to date.
So, the BRBC is asking you to help three candidates for the Board of Education–three that have been seated for over a year and have done a great job–by joining us at a fundraiser to support their campaign for office.
AUGUST 15, 2012
5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
BARE TAPAS & VINO, 269 Fairfield Avenue