Name: Amy Primorac
Occupation: Web Designer
Political party: Democrat
Running for: Board of Education
Why are you running?
I am a former teacher who, since leaving the profession, has volunteered extensively in our schools. I am proud of our school system, which provides an excellent education to our students.
My goal is to continue building on that excellence by offering out of the box thinking and sound fiscal responsibility.
What are the three biggest issues facing Monroe?
In Monroe in general: the faltering economy, balancing priorities of growth and character, and keeping our town affordable.
In Monroe’s education system: implementation of the Common Core, providing a challenging educational experience for children of all abilities, and providing that experience in a fiscally conservative manner.
What can the Board of Education do to keep the town in the right direction?
With the BOE budget being the largest cost driver of our taxes, the Board has enormous influence on citizens’ day to day experience of living in our town. The challenge is to keep those costs low while still providing excellence in education; a strong school system benefits every citizen through lower crime and by creating community focused students.
There’s a reason so many people who grew up here have chosen to stay and raise their families here and give back to our town, and a huge part of that is the foundation our school system has given them.
What skills and attributes make you a good fit for the Board of Education?
I am a former teacher as well as a parent so I understand the system from both perspectives. I also am well organized, willing to work hard and able to listen to an opposing viewpoint with an open mind.
What do you think of the new Common Core Standards school districts are adopting?
I think that as with any thing new, there will be challenges in implementation. It will take several years for the Core to show its value. That being said, I think it is vitally important that our country set national standards for educational outcomes.
I have lived in and had children as students in four different states, and I can tell you the quality of education varies wildly in our country. In this global economy, every child deserves a quality education, whether they live in Connecticut or Mississippi.