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Why I Am Seeking the Nomination

Patrick Madley Discusses Running for the Board of Education.

The town of East Haven needs people who are willing to attempt to make the town better. The board of education tries to make the school system better. That is why I am seeking the nomination to run for the board of education. If I can help to make the school system better, then the town will become better. Some of the goals I hope to acheive if elected to the board of education are:

To increase test scores- East Haven's test scores are some of the lowest in the state. There is no excuse for this. If elected, I would do anything and everything I could to help increase these scores. There is no reason with a 45+ million dollar budget that test scores are so low.

 

Help to spend only on what is needed- The money the board of education has should only be spent on what is needed. (I will explain this in further detail in a later blog post).

 

Attract more East Haven students to go to the high school rather than another district- Many students who live in East Haven decide to go out of district because East Haven does not offer the programs they like or wish to learn about. Although we cannot attract every student to come to our schools we can try to attract as many as possible. For each student who lives in East Haven but goes out of district for school, we must pay their tuition. If we were able to convince them to stay in East Haven, then everyone, most importanly the student, would be happy.

 

East Haven has some extremely intelligent educators and if they have the correct tools, there is no doubt in the mind they can help these students succeed. We have a high school which is only about 15 years old which means we have many more years in that building. We can succeed, but we need the right people to help succeed. That is why I am seeking the nomination for the East Haven Board of Education. Please, feel free to comment with positive or negative comments. Furtheremore, please ask me any questions you may have. I am more than willing to answer them. If anyone would like to meet in person, please say so and we will make it happen. Thank you for your time.

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Flowers January 22, 2013 at 01:34 PM
Well Patrick I certainly agree with your observations. What are your qualifications and what would you do? Do you have unemployed relatives?
Patrick Madley January 22, 2013 at 01:37 PM
Flowers, I am actually composing a blog post which will be on here by the end of the week as to my qualifications. I hope that will suffice for now :). No, I do not have any relatives employed nor any seeking employment with the East Haven Board of Education.
Mitch January 22, 2013 at 09:10 PM
Patrick, it is refreshing to see young people wanting to get involved in the local political process. But please allow me to follow up on a couple of your statements: 1) The $45 million budget provided to the BOE barely covers the contractual demands of the administrators, teachers, cafeteria workers, custodians, etc. Annually there is very little left to use in any effort to better the climate of learning. The contracts is one place you can start looking at. 2) Students who go to other districts because "East Haven doesn't offer what I want" are actually going there to get out of the EH school system. Back when my kids were in the EH schools, many of their friends went to Lyman Hall ostensibly for the Vo-Ag classes. How many of those graduates became farmers or are working in a related field? My bet is none. And where will the money come from to fund these new areas of study? See my first point as reference. Having said this, I do want to wish you the best of luck in this endeavor. Based on your past postings, you strike me as a person who can think for yourself. Be sure you don't get caught in the "you have to vote this way or else" mentality put out by both the DTC and RTC.
Patrick Madley January 22, 2013 at 09:20 PM
Mitch, I appreciate your comments! Thank you. And absolutely correct. Contracts are something that need to be looked at. Especially in certain instances. As far your comment about the schools system, you are 100% correct. Students and families don't want to be in this system and they have good reason. But maybe, after several years of trying our best, we can make this system one people would like to come to. As far as where money would come from, there are many, many grants out there for schools that try to better themselves... Whether or not we are eligible is another story. But that's why my logic came from. And lastly, I appreciate your compliment. I promise you and all voters, I will vote the way that is right for the students. They are who the BOE serves and who they should be thinking of any time a decision is made. This is all preliminary, however, I still have to receive the nomination. Again, thank you
Beth January 22, 2013 at 10:57 PM
Are you vying for the current DEM opening, or for the November election?
Patrick Madley January 23, 2013 at 01:09 AM
November election
Richard Poulton January 23, 2013 at 02:27 PM
Good question Beth. I know it was reported that the Mayor will be picking a (D) to fill that seat, but curious if the (D) leadership will have any say in the matter. And Patrick, you should go for that seat. Hit the ground running in November. Quick note: avoid the "strings".
Patrick Madley January 23, 2013 at 03:04 PM
Richard, I would be honored to be chosen for that seat. I just do not know how to go about putting my name in for that seat, so to speak. As to your "strings" comments, let me say this. I swear, if nominated and elected to the BOE my decisions will not be influenced by anyone except for education professionals whom the decisions affect and most importantly, the students. No one will tell me how to vote. I promise you that, Richard.
Richard Poulton January 23, 2013 at 03:46 PM
E-mail the mayor with your interest and background and your desire to work for the children. Never know.
farmrivertrader January 24, 2013 at 01:58 AM
Patrick while your intentions are admirable it seems to me like you have much to learn before you are in any position to provide advice or input to the Board of Education regarding how to educate the children of EH. You have only been out of high school for a year? two? Why don't you put your desire to run for the Board on hold until you get some life experience/college under your belt.
Patrick Madley January 24, 2013 at 01:38 PM
Farmrivertrader, thank you for your comment. I understand your position. However, of course, I do not agree. I will say, there have been people at the age of 18, younger than I, that have become mayors or first selectman of their towns.

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