Joseph A. Del Debbio

Candidate, Board of Education

Southington is a community that has sentimental ties for my wife Amy and I.  For the past decade we have been raising our two children here, meeting new friends and making long lasting friendships. Our daughter Adrianna is a freshman at Southington High School, and our son Anthony is an eighth grader at John F. Kennedy Middle School.  My wife’s family has been in town since the early 1900’s and are no strangers to public service.  Many of you may remember my wife’s cousin State Representative Bruce “Zeke” Zalaski.  Like Zeke, I want to provide leadership and build a structure of collaborative relationships in the school and community so that all students have a variety of opportunities to succeed and be productive members of the community.

In 1995, I graduated from Central Connecticut State University with a degree in Biology and started teaching science shortly after.  Throughout my twenty years of teaching, I never stopped being a student; I continued on to earn a Master’s Degrees from Central in Natural Science and a CAS from the University of Bridgeport in School Administration.  For the past six years I have been a School Business Manager at John F. Kennedy High School in the City of Waterbury, and an adjunct instructor for the University of Connecticut’s School of Natural Resource Management & Engineering for the past eight years. My family are parishioners of St. Thomas Church in Southington, I am a member of the Connecticut Education Association, the National Education Association, the National Rifle Association and The Bristol Fish & Game Association.

As a stakeholder in education, I whole heartedly believe in the investment in the welfare and success of our schools, most importantly its sound fiscal health.  In fact, the community as a whole is a stakeholder in its education system. This is because our schools educate future employees, business owners, and community leaders. A solid education program builds a stronger community by better preparing its students to be successful community members.  Serving as a Water Board Commissioner for the past two years has afforded me the opportunity to be a community stakeholder as well.  It has fostered my ideology of having a healthy, environmentally-sustainable, and economically-viable community.

We must learn from the past because “those who do not learn history are doomed to repeat it”.  I am a conservative (blue dog) democrat who firmly believes in an eye opening, yet forgotten quote from John F. Kennedy “Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.”

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