Note: In the days leading up to Election Day, the Ledyard Patch will run short profiles of all town candidates for council and board of education, along with their responses to three questions that we asked. Election Day is Nov. 8.
Name: Tom Malone
Education: BS Ed, SIU, 2000 and MS in Organizational Management, ESCU, 2007.
Work Experience: US Navy 27 years, Lockheed Martin Corporation Operations Manager, 2009 to present.
Civic/Political Experience: Ledyard Board of Education 2007-present.
Family: Married, two children
1. Why are you running for this office?
I want to continue to serve my community on the Ledyard Board of Education.
2. What do you believe is the greatest challenge Ledyard schools face today and what would you do to meet this challenge?
I believe the greatest challenge facing the Ledyard school system today and in the future is meeting Federal and State educational requirements such as Annual Yearly Progress (AYP) standards with an flat funding or minimal revenue increases in the foreseeable future. I believe we meet this challenge by working with all the stakeholders in Ledyard including the Teachers, Administrators, Parents, Town Counsel and State Officials to get the best value for our education dollar that we as a town can.
3. How would you rate the performance of the current board overall, and what, if anything, would you do differently?
I give the current Board a grade of A-. I think we can do a better job at communicating all of the positive things we are doing as a town and school system to face the current economic challenges we face in Ledyard.