Democratic candidate for the Greenwich Board of Education Debbie Appelbaum discusses her involvement in Greenwich Public School and serveral topics facing the public schools.
Appelbaum said, "I have been intimately involved in the public schools. I was PTA President at North Street, at Central, at Greenwich High School. I'm a member of the Junior League of Greenwich, developed their partnership in education."
Appelbaum discussed the issue of facility utilization and racial balance, an issue that has been heavily debated on the Board of Education this year. She said, "The two schools you hear mentioned are Hamilton Avenue and New Lebanon. Hamilton Avenue is not actually overcrowded. There is actually some space there. It is racially imbalanced. The next most crowded school is actually Cos Cob.
"New Lebanon is in a very critical state. I would propose taking care of the space needs at New Lebanon with a renovated and/or new building which are neccessary from an educational stand point."
Appelbaum also discussed bullying. "Bullying is a very challenging issue. It's a national epidemic. It's not unique to Greenwich. It is in the workplace, in homes, it is in government and it's not just isolated to Greenwich High School."
Appelbaum also addressed her views on how to deal with the achievement gap in the Greenwich Public Schools. "I feel to close the achievement gap, we have to make the gap smaller at the start."
She adds, "We need to look at what makes our most successful student successful. What resources do the possess and how can we duplicate those resources for those students who might be on the other end of the spectrum."