Wanted: A Libertarian For School Board

Maybe the second time around will be a fit for city resident LaMar Kennedy. The Waterbury special education teacher was passed over last month to fill the board vacancy of Dennis Bradley. Kennedy applied as a Libertarian, but this time around the vacancy of Ben Walker must be filled by a member of that party.

From Board of Education Chair John Weldon:

The Bridgeport Board of Education is seeking an individual to fill a vacancy on the Board. This is a civic role that has no monetary compensation. Selected individual will fill the vacancy until November 30, 2019, at which time the seat will become occupied by an individual elected at-large in the November 5, 2019 Municipal Election.

Requirements: Applicants are REQUIRED to be a resident of the City of Bridgeport, as well as a registered voter in the City of Bridgeport. As the individual creating this vacancy was registered with the Libertarian Party at the point they created this vacancy to the Board, only applicants affiliated with the Libertarian Party will be considered. Such affiliation must be in effect for not less than 90 days as of the date of appointment to the Board, with the exception of first time voter registrants.

Description of the Role: An individual Board Member assists the Board of Education in representing the residents of the City of Bridgeport in carrying out the mandates Chapter 170 of the General Statutes pertaining to education and assists in determining all questions of general policy to be employed in the conduct of the Bridgeport Public School System. In determining school policy, Board Members: (1) Hear and consider facts and recommendations; (2) Adopt plans, policies and courses of action to guide the school system; and (3) Other duties as provided under statute and/or city charter.

The individual selected for this seat will be expected to attend regular meetings of the Board, held twice per month, on the second and fourth Monday of every month at 6:30 p.m., as well as Special Meetings which may be called in the interim for specific purposes. The individual selected for this seat will be assigned to serve as a member of two committees of the Board, as assigned by the Chairman.

How to Apply: Interested parties must submit a resume, along with a cover letter explaining their reasons for wanting to be selected to serve on the Board of Education, no later than 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 17, 2019 to:

Bridgeport Board of Education
Attn. Alice Ortiz
45 Lyon Terrace, Room 203
Bridgeport, CT 06604

If applying via e-mail, please submit cover letter and resume to: BoardSearch@bridgeportedu.net

Applicants should plan to make themselves available to attend an in-person interview session, to be held in public with the Board, on Monday, April 22, 2019, with a time slot assigned between the hours of 5:30 p.m. and 6:15 p.m. Interviews will be conducted at Bridgeport Aquaculture Science & Technology Center, located at 60 St. Stephens Rd. in Bridgeport. The Board will vote on the final selectee at its Regular Public meeting on Monday, April 22, 2019 at 6:30 p.m., also conducted at Bridgeport Aquaculture Science & Technology Center.

Selected candidate will be required to take an Oath of Office as provided for in Chapter 4 of the Connecticut General Statutes before commencing their official duties. Should the selected candidate wish to take the Oath of Office on April 22, 2019 to be able to participate in that evening’s meeting, a party legally authorized to administer the Oath of Office will be available, though the selected candidate may be accompanied by a ceremonial Oath Administrator (i.e., clergy, spouse, etc.).

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