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Get to Know 119 Rep. Candidate James Maroney

In November, Milford Democrat James Maroney will be running for the 119th District State Representative Seat. We spoke with him recently about education in Milford.

 

Leading up to the election in November, Milford Patch will be helping you get to know the candidates running for office in Milford.

Longtime 119th State Representative Richard Roy is not going to see another term, leaving an open seat to represent Milford and Orange up in Hartford.

, currently the majority leader on the Milford Board of Education, is also the Democratic candidate running for that 119th District State Representative position.

Milford Patch recently spoke with Maroney about education in Milford.

Milford Patch: What kind of work have you done on the Board of Education? What's the process been like?

James Maroney: A lot of it is really policy. On this board, Tracy Casey has done a great job of helping us to look long-term and instituting policy reviews for a lot of policies that needed to be updated. 

Also, with the budget. That was really the first thing we did. You're just elected and you're thrown in to vote on this $88 million budget. The first thing I did was I toured all of the fourteen schools. Because if I'm going to vote on that much money, I want to know where the money's going and where it's needed.

As I tell people, if I'm going to spend $20 my wife wants me to have three different reviews on it to make sure I'm getting the best thing and I'm going to treat the money like it's my own money and going on and looking and seeing where it's being spent.

Patch: Does the Board of Education have a lot of wiggle room with the budget? Last year, with what happened in Wisconsin, it seems like there's been some struggle recently in America with Unions. Does the Board of Ed have a lot of room with what they can spend? Or do Union contracts require, 'This is how much you're going to spend, regardless'?

Maroney: The largest portion of the budget is human capital. It is salaries. We're very lucky in Milford. We are in good shape. In Norwalk, they had a large cut. I think they were looking to lay off almost fifty teacher. Fiscally, we're in good shape. The administration has done a great job of managing the budget. There is leeway at the end of the year. You have to kind of wait until then after you see how things are going during the year. 

You budget for it, but then you want to make sure there aren't any unusual expenses, like last year, the October snow storm then the rest of the year was mild, there was a lot more money spent clearing snow. You budget but you're not sure what's going to happen.

Patch: Do schools have to pay for that? When they clear out the snow and everything?

Maroney: I think that some of it's the school, some of it's the city. But it is paid for, either way.

Patch: The one thing I've found really interesting going to Board of Education meetings is that I think Milford is doing a lot with the coaching programs at the schools and also the increase in AP classes. You just look at the CAPT scores from 2011 to 2012, it went up almost everywhere.

I was wondering, what's that process been like for you as far as trying to come up with new programs while avoiding spending too much money?

Maroney: As a Board of Education member, we can't take too much credit for that. That's the administration, that's the teachers doing a great job in there. They are coming up with a lot of creative programs. In the summer, they did an AP success academy.

We want to get more students involved in the AP because the studies have shown that a student that takes at least one AP class in high school has a much greater percentage chance of graduating college. And so, we want to get them ready for that rigor in high school. 

Our goal is that we're investing in the future of Milford and Orange. And we want to give students the best chance to succeed. I think there has been a shift from being reactive to being proactive. Instead of remedial, going more to the coaching model.

That's in the Math and they're going with the Literacy coaching model to ensure that every student gets the best education and we keep every student up to date. We'll see, long-term, how that's working, but it is more of a national trend.

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Tomorrow Milford Patch will spotlight an interview with 119th District State Representative Republican Nominee .

Truthteller August 28, 2012 at 01:56 PM
It sounds as if Mr. Maroney is running for BOE and is promoting his failed Educational coaching business. Unfortunately, Mr. Maroney doesn't make any case for being elected to State Representative. Reminder to ALL VOTERS the term INVESTING is code for throwing more tax dollars at the issue.
Michael Brown August 28, 2012 at 03:27 PM
No truth here.
RONALD M GOLDWYN August 28, 2012 at 03:31 PM
Dear Truthteller, or whatever name you you are not proud of using, I'm a Republican Town Committeeman, but I don't feel it is necessary to personally knock one candidate in order to score points for the other. James may be young to our BOE while his opponent had served many years there and her district elected her to higher office. Based on experience, Pam should be elected to the seat in the 119th district.
john mofitt August 28, 2012 at 05:50 PM
I think Truthteller listens to too much Rush Limbaugh. Milford and Orange voters are way too smart for the likes of you sir.
RONALD M GOLDWYN August 29, 2012 at 02:23 PM
Hey Jim, I see that you are very "Photogenic" and are a "good looker". It seems that one 119th resident will not vote for a person who has that description.
Concerned Parent August 29, 2012 at 02:25 PM
I've lived in Milford for over 16 years and during each election, Richard Roy has come to my door asking if he could post an election sign on my lawn. It was a very simple and gracious jesture. I'm an IND voter in this district and other than this article, know nothing about Mr Maroney. If he truly wants to represent our district, it would be to his benefit to personally reach out to the voters of his district respectfully. Richard Roy was willing to do this..If he wishes represent this district, I would expect the same from him. He has some very BIG shoes to fill.
James Maroney August 29, 2012 at 03:13 PM
Hi Ed, you bring up a very good point, it is important for a representative to go out and listen. As I tell my son, we have two ears and one mouth, talk less and listen more. I have already been to over 2,000 houses listening to residents concerns, and I apologize that I have not been to your house yet. I am making my best effort to make it to the entire district. However, if you would like to talk to me sooner, my phone number is 203-868-0119 or you can email me at JamesMaroney2012@gmail.com, and I will arrange a time to come and talk to you that is convenient for you. I look forward to speaking with you and all of the voters.
theresa raimondi August 29, 2012 at 03:45 PM
Ronald - you truly need to get your priroties in order, to continue to shame others and persuade them by convincing them that by voting for a good looker is a POOR pathetic and unintelligent attempt in your small mind.
theresa raimondi August 29, 2012 at 03:50 PM
Ronald - you truly need to get your priroties in order, to continue to shame others and persuade them by convincing them that by voting for a good looker is a POOR pathetic and unintelligent attempt in your small feeble mind, how a person looks has no bearing on how i vote, however you were successful to convince me that your discriminatory remarks does not support a feminist move.
Alice August 29, 2012 at 07:02 PM
Ed, wanted you to know that James Maroney DID come to our house. Since we weren't home, he took the time to write a very nice note on the literature he left for us. And I agree that he has some big shoes to fill. We will all miss Dick Roy.
Concerned Parent August 29, 2012 at 07:06 PM
@Alice...I appreciate the capital letters on your response, but my eyes do function normally..
Concerned Parent September 19, 2012 at 05:24 PM
I just saw your response. Thank you.

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