Published October 29. 2013 4:00AM Updated October 29. 2013 2:56PM
Montville - Six candidates, three from each party, are running for five seats on the Board of Education.
Democratic incumbent Todd Pomazon, 57, a senior analyst at Electric Boat, said providing students with a great but affordable education is critical.
"There is a fine balance between the educational needs and the town budget," said Pomazon, who was on the Tyl Middle School building committee before joining the school board.
Republican incumbent Steven Loiler, 25, has been on the school board for five years. Loiler, who is also a justice of the peace, said poor leadership, education and few services for the amount of taxes paid are the major issues in Montville currently.
Democratic challenger Valerie Smith is a teacher with the Department of Correction and served in the Army National Guard for 21 years. She said this experience will allow her to " bring a unique perspective to the board."
Smith cited school security and capital improvements as important issues facing Montville.
Kim Navetta, 47, is an analytical chemist at Pfizer and a Republican challenger for the Board of Education. Navetta, whose children have recently graduated from the Montville school system, said she will bring a "strong work ethic, attention to detail, and passion to the Board of Education."
The new board will have to consider why some families have been sending their kids to magnet schools outside Montville as well as appoint a new superintendent and principal, said Navetta.
Also running for the school board are former teacher Carrie Baxter, a Republican incumbent, and Sandra Berardy, a Democratic incumbent.
Republicans Gregg Bassetti and Eugene Jambor are running against Democrats Richard Gladue and John MacNeil for two spots on the Zoning Board of Appeals.
Democrat Stanley Gwudz and Republican Wills Pike are running for two open spots on the Board of Assessment Appeals.
Democrat Ann Mattson and Republican Joe Aquitante III are also competing to fill a two-year spot on the Board of Assessment appeals.