Lauren Rosato (R) is seeking election to Norwalk's Board of Education.
Rosato, former President of the Norwalk Education Foundation, says she saw a great deal of change and turnover at the superintendent position and within the school district's administration. Rosato says the most likely cause was an unsteady Board of Education. She says she and other candidates can help bring a steady hand for the future.
Rosato says the district needs long-term planning that deals more with educational results than it does yearly financial needs. She says the district can put resources in place to close the achievement gap long term.
"It's going to take a difference in our budgeting, our strategic planning and the right people in leadership positions to make that happen," she says.
She says when budget cuts need to made, creativity needs to be used. She says the district should look more at the resources it does have and use them to find creative solutions to keep programs and services.
"I would bring in more community support into the schools," she says. "We have a lot of non-profits that are beginning to align with Norwalk ACTS and that [partnership] has untapped potential."
Norwalk's 2013-14 budget saw the Board of Education fully funded -- a rarity in recent years. Rosato says if Norwalk wants to stay down that fully-funded path, costs need to stay level and not run rampantly out of control.
Rosato says the relationship between the board and the superintendent should not include the phrase "micro-manage."
"The superintendent is the CEO and the board needs to support that CEO," she says. "The board needs to set policy and the board can help create an atmosphere that will move us forward."