Jackie Heftman (D)

Stamford Board of Education

Stamford Board of Education Member. Current BOE Labor chair; member of Fiscal and Teaching & Learning committees; past Board president. Chair of negotiating committee for teacher, administrator, paraprofessional, security guard and custodian contracts. Member of CORE Reopening Committee and Elementary Reopening Subcommittee; Stamford Cradle to Career executive board member.

I supported the superintendent's recommendation to add technology support specialists to aid teachers, students, and parents with distance learning challenges. I will continue to support her requests for additional resources. I would like to see us overcome obstacles so we can provide synchronous learning to those students in our hybrid learning model.

I think the best approach to facing our schools' physical infrastructure challenges is to hire a consultant who can identify the areas of concern and solutions; work with a committee of stakeholders; and recommend funding sources. I support moving quickly on all fronts and I will advocate at the State and local level for funding.
I prioritize where to approve budget reapportionments based on 1. the superintendent's recommendation; and 2. impact in the classroom. I do my homework, but do not believe I should substitute my judgement for those of the experts.
I am completing my 4th term on the Board of Education, worked with 5 superintendents and understand the role of a Board member. I believe our superintendent is doing an outstanding job under very difficult and unprecedented circumstances. She has the respect of our community partners, staff, students and families. I will work to unify the Board in its support of the superintendent.