Berlin voters will not just be casting ballots for the President of the United States and United States Senator this November, but they will also have the opportunity to vote to fill four positions on the Berlin Board of Education. The Berlin Board of Education is a nine member, non-partisan board. Each member is elected to a three-year term and the terms are staggered so that each year three positions are up for election. This year, however, there are four positions available, three three-year terms and a two-year term to fill the remainder of an appointed position.
Since candidates are not nominated by political parties, all Berlin voters are eligible to appear on the ballot, and candidates appear on the ballot without a political party designation. Potential candidates need only to go to the Town Clerk’s office to receive a petition form, collect the signatures of 131 Berlin voters, and return the completed petition to the Town Clerk by September 5. Petition forms will be available at the Town Clerk’s office beginning August 1.
Board of Education Secretary, Irene Matulis, stated that the Board of Education welcomed new individuals who are committed to improving Berlin’s schools. “The Board of Education works very hard at educating new members so that they can contribute to the school improvement process,” Matulis said. "As we get closer to the election we will provide a number of orientation opportunities for candidates so that they can become more familiar with our schools and what it is like to serve on the Board.”
Individuals with questions about the petition process can contact the Town Clerk’s office. And for those with questions about serving on the Board of Education, Matulis encouraged individuals to contact other current members of the board.
“Being a non-partisan board, our goal this election is the same as it is every year. We hope that intelligent individuals who are committed to working to improve our schools come out and run for the board,” said Matulis. “We think that they will find, as we have, that it’s a great and challenging way to serve your community.”
Those members of the Board of Education whose terms will expire in November are: Jeffrey P. Cugno, Cynthia B. Kobus, Kristin Campanelli and Gary Brochu.