Glastonbury Board of Education candidates
By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Glastonbury - posted Thu., Oct. 17, 2013
On Nov. 5, Glastonbury voters will select two members to join the Board of Education for the coming term. Republicans currently hold a 5-3 majority on that board.
Democrat Doug Foyle is running for his second term on the BOE. He is a 14-year resident of Glastonbury and an associate professor of government at Wesleyan University in Middletown. Foyle said he has championed several effective educational initiatives that also saved taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars.
“On the Board, I’ve employed a determined attitude to support parents in their pursuit of educational excellence for their children,” Foyle said. “If returned to office, I will employ this same leadership approach and continue to support our town’s excellent education system and provide pragmatic educational leadership to move us forward.”
He added that the Republicans have cut a total of $1.4 million from the Board of Education budget over the last two years, which has negatively affected the town's education system, by cutting teachers, reducing class sizes, and by reductions to fiscally responsible benefit payments.
“As in my first term, I will continue to provide a voice for small class sizes and educational excellence,” Foyle said.
Democrat Adam Fleisher is new to Glastonbury, having moved to town in 2012. He has a bachelor's of science degree in history and psychology with a minor in Black studies from Florida State University, a master's degree in social studies education from Florida International University, and an Add-On certification in educational leadership from Florida Atlantic University.
“I dedicated myself early on to serving the schools in my community,” Fleisher said. “During that time, I’ve watched education become the bad guy when it comes to local budget decisions. As a Board of Education member, my first and last concern will be doing what is best for the students.”
Fleisher is a teacher, summer school coordinator and student/teacher mentor in Hartford. He has also been a teacher, assistant principal and intervention specialist in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties in Florida.
“My entire life has been devoted to the students, faculty, staff, stakeholders and communities I have served,” Fleisher said. “My motto has been, and will always be, 'What is best for the students.'”
Fleisher's wife Deborah is an ELL tutor in Hartford, and their son Miles attends Buttonball Lane School.
Republican Rosemary Coggeshall has served on the Board of Education since 2011, where she has also served as policy committee chair since 2012. She previously served on the Board of Education in Montville, and was vice-chair of Montville's Public Safety Commission.
Coggeshall holds a bachelor's degree in chemistry from St. Mary's University and a master's in public health from Tulane University. She is an environmental, occupational health & safety professional and a certified safety professional, as well as a certified hazardous materials manager.
“I am a parent of two boys that attend our schools, who are thriving academically from the education that our town provides,” Coggeshall said. “I have also had the honor of serving in public office for a number of years on commissions and on the Boards of Education in the town of Glastonbury and also the town of Montville. If elected, I will continue to be a voice for our students, parents and taxpayers in providing a quality, competitive education, and a fair and reasonable budget.”
Eric George is a 14-year resident of Glastonbury, and has been politically active for two decades. He has been a member of the Connecticut Judicial Selection Commission, and an active volunteer with the March of Dimes, as well as a former member of the Connecticut Bar Association House of Delegates, and has served on several state boards and commissions.
Holding a bachelor's degree, as well as a law degree from the University of Connecticut, George owns his own consulting firm, specializing in public policy and government affairs. He was also recently an in-house lawyer and chief healthcare specialist for the Connecticut Business and Industry Association.
“I believe that my children are receiving a tremendous education, both scholastically and socially, as a result of living in our town,” George said. “I take the responsibilities of our Board of Education seriously, and would devote myself to ensuring that Glastonbury’s educational system is strong and competitive in our global marketplace. I believe that my professional background and my commitment to the education of all of our children would allow me to assist our town in providing our children with the best education and future possible.”
For more information, visit www.glasct.org.