NORWICH – A meet and greet of school board candidates was hosted by the Norwich Educators Organization on Tuesday, giving voting residents a chance to ask questions pertinent to their concerns over the direction of Norwich city schools.
There are two seats open on the NCSD Board this year, each carrying a three-year term. Residents will vote for board members, as well as the district’s $41 million 2016-2017 proposed spending plan, on May 17.
Tuesday’s informal gathering gave all four candidates who are vying for a seat on the board an opportunity to share their background and weigh-in on the progress and current challenges of the district.
Howard Sullivan, who is currently finishing his first term on the board, is up for re-election. An avid volunteer of multiple youth oriented organizations, including Little League, Big Brother Big Sister, the Christian Neighborhood Center, and the Norwich Family YMCA, Sullivan said his focus has always been on kids.
“My underlying theme is to give back to the community, and my focus has always been on youth,” he said. “I try to keep my pulse on the things that interest young people. That’s what interests me about being on the board.”