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SOUTHINGTON — The Democratic slate for the Board of Education in this November’s election includes three names that were not on the ballot two years ago. While new to the ticket, all three have school board or education experience.
Two of the candidates, Jerry Belanger and William Lutz, have previously served on school boards and the other, Gail Doerfler, was a teacher for nearly three decades.
The three will join fellow party members, incumbents David Derynoski, Zaya Oshana and Patricia Johnson, in running for seats on the nine-member board. All six Republican board members are running for re-election.
Doerfler taught U.S. History at Southington High School for 29 years.
“I’m looking forward to this new chapter,” she said.
With her background in education, Doerfler said she understands what the school system needs. She sees the school board as a continuation of her work as an educator.
Belanger served on the Board of Education from 2003 to 07, serving on the policy and personnel committee and the building committee for the South End and Plantsville schools renovation projects. He also worked with the town-wide parent-teacher organization.
Of the three, Lutz has the most experience, having served on the Board of Education in Meriden from 1991 to 2005 and in the same capacity in Berlin for two years.
He said he’s been attending Board of Finance meetings in town for the last few months, and believes communication between the Town Council, finance board and school board can be improved.
“The current Board of Education has done a reasonable job with allocating the funds, but they could have better communication. I’m very excited,” Lutz said.
School board Chairman Brian Goralski, a Republican, believes the communication on the school board is as good as it ever has been.
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