Special Town Meeting and Vote Thursday, July 27, 2017

PLEASE ATTEND THE SPECIAL TOWN MEETING THUR, JUL 27 AT 7PM

Vote for Jenny Turner for Regional Board of Education

About Jenny

  • Jenny’s family homesteaded a ranch in Wyoming in 1918 where she was born before moving to Montana.
  • She grew up on a sheep ranch where as a kid, she raised her own prize-winning sheep.
  • Her parents instilled in her the importance of education excellence.
  • She lives with her husband, Chris Pittenger, on Farm View Road and has four children.

EDUCATION

  • Earned a Bachelor’s Degree in History at Yale University.
  • Earned a PhD in American History from the University of Wisconsin concentrating in agriculture.

WORK EXPERIENCE

  • Taught history to middle and high school teachers at the University of Wisconsin and UMass-Boston who were working toward their Master’s Degree.
  • Managed a large neurobiology laboratory at Columbia University in a complicated bureaucracy that included responsibility for a $2M budget which she believes gave her a “good understanding of finance and budgeting and an eye for precision and detail.”

COMMUNITY SERVICE & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

  • Currently serving on the Clark Memorial Library Board.
  • Currently serving on the Bethany Clean Energy Task Force.
  • Served on the Bethany Community School Superintendent’s Advisory Council.
  • Served on the BCS Wellness Committee.
  • Served on the BCS Garden Committee.
  • Co-organizer of the Common Core discussion group widely attended by parents, teachers and school administrators.
  • Finalist in a national photography contest with work exhibited in Connecticut with Shoreline Arts Alliance.
  • Published academic papers, children’s stories and photographs in national magazines.

IMPORTANT ISSUES TO COME BEFORE REGIONAL BOE IN THE NEXT 2-YEARS

  • Jenny’s experience not only in academia but also in managing a school budget will provide Bethany a strong voice during negotiation of the teachers’ contract later this year.
  • Dealing with budget uncertainties in Special Education due to the state budget cuts will require our representative to ‘hit the ground running’ and we believe Jenny can do this.
  • Addressing the needs of the self-funded health claims or an unexpected event (major maintenance expense) while keeping the budget in check will take experience and skills.
  • Return of surplus funds to the towns.