Name: Darrell Trump
Occupation: Executive Director Solutions Delivery & Support FUJIFILM Medical Systems
Political party: Republican
Running for: Board of Education
Why are you running?
It has been my pleasure to serve on the BOE for the last 8 years and as your Board Chair for the last several years. I have very much enjoyed my time on the BOE and do feel that I have made a difference, but there is still much to accomplish.
My wife Debbie and I love the ambience of our small town, the friendliness of the residence, and the tremendous support our family has received and we want to give back.
What are the three biggest issues facing Monroe?
Infrastructure (buildings, roads), Taxes, Business development
What can the Board of Education do to keep the town in the right direction?
Judiciously manage the budget entrusted to the BOE.
Continue to provide a world class education to the children of Monroe. People move to Monroe because of its school district.
Continue to drive and support the funding required to properly manage and maintain the district’s schools and facilities.
What skills and attributes make you a good fit for the Board of Education?
I have 8 years’ experience on the Board of Education. I have been on the last two teacher contract negotiation teams where we made great strides towards cost containment and eliminating long term cost obligations. I am a member of our Policy and Finance Subcommittees where we implemented systematic BOE policy review and revision as well as judiciously managing the district finances and the transparence of the board’s budget.
For the last 8 years I have worked closely with the other Board members, and district administration, to move the district forward to achieve our goals and objectives including new security enhancements for all schools, full day Kindergarten, establishing a nationally recognized STEM academy, and assisting in the movement of Sandy Hook Elementary School to Chalk Hill, spearheaded the development of BOE Goals and Action plans to guide the District forward and to achieve accountability.
Professionally I am a Senior Executive at a large medical healthcare supplier. I have a BS degree in Finance and an MBA.
What do you think of the new Common Core Standards school districts are adopting?
The goal of the Common Core Standards as articulated by this organization is that the Common Core State Standards provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them. The standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers. With American students fully prepared for the future, our communities will be best positioned to compete successfully in the global economy.
It is important to note that the State adopted the CCSS along with 47 other States. We as a District do not have the ability to make a separate decision on the implementation. However, in general I support the Common Core Standards. That doesn't mean all aspects (especially the high stakes testing) are fully on target.