Candidates for the Columbia Board of Education

By Melanie Savage - Staff Writer
Columbia - posted Tue., Oct. 29, 2013
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Christopher Lent (R): Lent and his family have been residents of Columbia since 1999. He earned his Juris Doctorate at the University of Connecticut, and has been admitted to the Connecticut bar. Lent's involvement in the community includes volunteering as a parent advisor at the Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center, and serving on the Financial Planning and Allocation Commission (FiPAC). He recognizes the importance of maintaining a quality educational system for all children while striving to contain cost growth through the exercise of fiscally sound initiatives and oversight.

David Crim (R): Crim has lived in Columbia for almost 11 years. His wife is on the PTO and their two children attend Horace Porter Elementary. Crim is manager of a $2 million per year food service business. He is passionate about the future of the town and its school system.

Lauren Perrotti-Verboven (D): "I believe that what Columbia offers for education to the community’s children is and will create a better future for all of the town’s residents," said Perrotti-Verboven. "The Board of Education’s job is to thoughtfully and creatively provide the tools needed for Columbia’s educators to guide the students to their full potential. To be successful, the Board needs to do this through policy and budget, collaboratively with the community and town officials. Going forward, I hope to work towards increasing offerings at Porter that will encourage families to make the move to Columbia and have Porter remain competitive particularly with the new magnet schools.” Lauren Perrotti-Verboven is an incumbent.

Karin Vertefeuille (D): "My goals are to work to continue improving Horace Porter School to offer the best education for all students while being competitive with other schools and preparing our students for the future; to foster transparency and communication between the Board of Education, school administration and parents; to be fiscally responsible to all in the community in budget decisions; to nurture strong, collaborative relationships with all town boards for the success of the community; to market our school and the Town of Columbia to help bring families to our community; and to involve the untapped resources of knowledgeable community members to invest in our school," said Vertefeuille. She is seeking her first term on the Board of Education.

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