Lebanon Board of Education candidates

By Melanie Savage - Staff Writer
Lebanon - posted Mon., Oct. 28, 2013
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Meet the candidates for the Lebanon Board of Education:

Darcy Battye - Republican

Battye is running for a third term on the Lebanon Board of Education. She grew up in Lebanon and returned with her husband to raise their family. She believes that education is a balancing act between what our students need and what our taxpayers can provide. “We don’t always get what we want, but we do get what we need in education,” she said. “I have seen many changes in the 12 years that I served on the board, some for the better and some not in the best interests of education.” Battye brings critical historical information to the board in order to make better-informed decisions for the future. She comes to the table with a very open mind and a willingness to work hard even when it is a difficult task. She enjoys community service, and feels that serving the town on the Board is her way of paying back what was given to her from her time in the school system. Battye hopes that voters will let her continue to give back to the great community of Lebanon.

Bert Bosse - Republican

Bosse and his wife, Rachel, have been residents of Lebanon for more than 50 years and have been involved in the educational system and the town on various committees and boards.  Bosse served in Lebanon’s education system for 33 years, ranging from elementary teacher to assistant high school principal and principal of the middle school.  Since his retirement in 1995, he has worked part-time for St. Joseph College in West Hartford and the Connecticut Department of Higher Education supervising and evaluating more than a hundred student teachers.  Bosse has also served as an interim administrator in more than half a dozen different school systems. In addition, he has served on the Lebanon Board of Finance for 11 years. He firmly believes that with his extensive background he can be an asset to the town’s Board of Education and to the children in Lebanon.

Rodger (Judd) Wardell - Republican

Rodger (Judd) Wardell comes from a suburb of Cleveland, Ohio, and attended Ohio State University.  His work experience includes retail management, commercial deep-sea diving and sales.  He is recently retired.  Wardell and his wife, Julie, moved the family to Lebanon in 2003 to provide a good school system for their children and because of Julie’s family ties.  Wardell has a daughter in Lebanon Middle School and a son in Lyman Memorial High School.  He explains that, “My two years on the Board of Education have certainly opened my eyes to the challenges we face here in Lebanon.  While I understand that we still have much to accomplish, I feel we are making great strides and I look forward to great things in the near future for our kids.”

Martha Shea - Democrat

Recently retired, Shea worked for more than 20 years as a library media specialist in Lebanon schools and seeks your support in the November election. If elected, Shea vows to work with all members of the Board in a non-partisan manner to provide the best possible education for the children in Lebanon.  Shea is committed to improving the quality of education in Lebanon and is anxious to help prepare Lebanon’s students to meet the challenges of the 21st century.  She will be responsive and receptive to parents, staff, students and the community at large.

A long-time resident of Lebanon, Shea and her husband, Vin, are proud of their three children who attended Lebanon schools. Now that she is retired, Shea hopes that she can continue her commitment to education by serving on the Board of Education.

“As a former teacher in Lebanon, I believe my education and knowledge of the school district and its administration will enable me to ‘hit the ground running’ on any and all district initiatives and programs,” said Shea.

Jason Nowasad – Democrat

Nowasad is a local builder who grew up in Lebanon.  He attended the Lebanon schools and graduated from the University of Hartford, graduating with a degree in engineering. Nowasad has served on many boards and committees in town.  He is a past director and treasurer for the Lebanon Connecticut Business Association, was a member on the Village Center Study Committee, and is currently on the Village District Design Review Boards.

Nowasad understands that the public schools are an integral part of the community. Not only do schools provide an education in basic skills but also must encourage students' desires to explore, create, and thrive.  A competitive school is necessary for students' success in the workforce or in institutions of higher education. Furthermore, Nowasad believes that the community benefits from a system that is competitive with area towns.  A competitive system contributes to the revenue stream for the town by attracting new families to town and students from other towns to Lebanon’s schools.  The reputation of a town's school system is one of the key indicators for property values, as well, said Nowasad.  He believes that children and schools are not a drain on the town; they are in fact the future and lifeblood of the community and society.

“I know the reputation, morale, and quality of our schools has slipped but not fallen in recent years,” said Nowasad. “It is with this in mind that I seek to serve to make the Lebanon Public Schools among the best small schools in the area.” 

Al Vertefeuille - Democrat

Vertefeuille has been a Lebanon resident for 12 years, a Lebanon teacher, principal and superintendent of schools for nearly 35 years. He and his wife Judy have four children and 17 grandchildren. Vertefeuille has served as a Lebanon selectman, Board of Finance alternate, and is currently a Historical Society Director, member of the Democratic Town Committee and a life member of the Lions Club. Prior to moving to Lebanon, he was a selectman and board of finance chairman in Windham, and is a Director Emeritus at Windham Hospital. He is a veteran having served in the U.S. Army, was Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Connecticut State Technical Colleges and former Chair of the Connecticut Board of Governors for Higher Education. With 35 years of experience in pre-k thru 12 and decades in Connecticut higher education, Vertefeuille would like to work with current and future board members to make the Lebanon Schools a source of pride for parents and residents.

“In these trying economic times, it is critical that we make fiscally-responsible investments in our children and prepare them for the many challenges they face,” said Vertefeuille.

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