Time is counting down and with just two weeks remaining before petitioning
candidates for the Berlin school board must file, four candidates have emerged
as potential contenders in the fall election.
Town officials said four different people have taken out the paperwork
necessary to seek a seat for office, one of three that are available on the
Board of Education, including one existing member of the school board and a former
member looking to become active once again.
According to town staff, current member John Richards and former member Cynthia
Kobus are joining residents Stefanie Carbone and Michelle Barnes in seeking the
vacant seats. All four must obtain 130 legitimate signatures, representing one
percent of the electorate in Berlin, in order to qualify for a spot on the
The Hartford Courant reported
Monday that Superintendent David Erwin said the two members not
seeking re-election this year, Kathleen O'Donnell-Moss and Julie Erickson, are “mainstays.”
“They have served on many committees and done so much for the schools,” Erwin
told the Courant. “They are great folks. I hate to lose them.”
Town officials confirmed Wednesday that one additional candidate could seek
petitions for office, but have not taken out paperwork to do so just yet.
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