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 December 1, 2021, at which time the seat will become occupied by an individual elected at-large in the November 2, 2021 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 party creating this vacancy was registered with the Democratic Party at the point they created this vacancy to the Board, only applicants affiliated with the Democratic 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, November 18, 2020 to:
Bridgeport Board of Education
Attn. Ms. Rita Valle-Shastri
45 Lyon Terrace, Suite 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 interview session, to be held in public with the Board, on Monday, November 23, 2020, with a time slot to be determined. Interviews will be conducted remotely via a Microsoft Teams Event. The Board will vote on the final selectee at its Regular Public meeting on Monday, November 23, 2020 at 6:30 p.m., also conducted remotely via a Microsoft Teams Event.
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 November 23, 2020 to be able to participate in that evening’s meeting, a party legally authorized to administer the Oath of Office will be available to administer the Oath of Office, though the selected candidate may be accompanied by a ceremonial Oath Administrator (i.e., clergy, spouse, etc.).