Meet the Candidates: Norm Hicks

I am running for the 11th time as a candidate for the RSD13 Board of Education.

It has been an honor to serve the citizens and children of Durham for nearly 26 years. I have worked closely with four superintendents and six board chairs along with many dedicated and caring people from Durham and Middlefield who have worked together to create a top-notch education system for our children at a cost-effective rate for our taxpayers.

I am a lifelong resident of Durham, where I was raised with strong values. After graduating from Durham High School in 1967, I continued my education at MxCC, before transferring to ECSC and graduating in 1971 with a B.S. in education. With Connecticut certification in hand, I was hired in East Hampton as a fourth-grade teacher. I left that position to teach science and math in Guilford, where I spent the next 37 years. During that time, I earned an M.S. in biology from CCSC and ultimately earned an Institute for Science Instruction and Study fellowship that resulted in a sixth-year professional diploma from SCSU as a secondary science specialist.

My family resides in Durham and my three grandchildren attend Memorial and Strong schools. Education has been in my blood for over four decades. In addition to serving on the BOE, I am the representative to the ACES Board of Governors and am in my eighth year as chairman. The ACES Board of Governors operates nine schools with an annual budget of over $125 million.

It is my desire to continue the good work that this Board of Education has accomplished during my tenure. I am fully committed to fiscal control, engagement, student achievement, well-being and safety. In addition, I will continue to work diligently to provide our children with a quality education that will create the citizens for decades to come.

I believe the time is right to vote for experience. I ask for your support on Nov. 2.

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