By Peter Marteka
GLASTONBURY — Calling it the “career opportunity of a lifetime,” Democrat Carolyn Treiss has resigned from the board of education to take a position with a state agency.
Next month, Treiss will start her position as executive director of the Permanent Commission on the Status of Women. She said the position is non-partisan and requires that she not “engage in any partisan political activity.” The Democratic Town Committee has begun a search for her replacement.
“This new position represents the culmination of about 17 years of work that has prepared me to lead this amazing state agency,” she told the board at the beginning of Monday’s meeting. “It has been an honor to serve the people of Glastonbury and in particular our students.”
Triess joined the board in February 2013 filling the position of fellow Democrat Judith Walter who resigned. The four-year seat runs through November 2015. Treiss, who was a member of the Glastonbury Town Council from 2005 to 2009, is currently a legislative program manager for the state Department of Social Services. She is a graduate of the University Of Connecticut School Of Law, the UConn Graduate School of Social Work and Bates College.
“I can’t tell you what a pleasure it has been to serve with this group,” Treiss said of fellow board members. “This is an incredibly dedicated group of people who volunteer their time because they care deeply about our town and making the Glastonbury public school system the very best it can be.”
Treiss said one of the reasons the board functions so well together is because “rarely, if ever, does politics or partisanship come into play.”
“Which makes the fact I have to resign somewhat ironic,” she said. “We all want the best for the school system and although we don’t always agree, through respectful discussion and thoughtful consideration of each others ideas we are usually able to reach consensus.”
Board secretary and fellow Democrat Lisa Furbush said she recalled seeing Treiss at a Democratic town committee meeting when she first moved to town.
“She was a little spitfire of a woman,” she said. “I was like, ‘Who is she? I need to get to know her.’ She’s just one of those women who captivate you and you want to know more about her. She’s always been a go-getter…the love for her family, dedication for the town and passion she has for education is immeasurable.”
The board won’t meet again until Sept. 8. It is unclear if the board will have a new member by then since any candidate must be approved by the town council which doesn’t meet again until Sept. 9.