Updated, 11:55 a.m.
Burgess joined Carlo Leone Tuesday morning in greeting arriving voters at Springdale School. She told Patch that she's not nervous about the race, but had a "little anxiety."
"Going forward, no matter what happens, we want the poele to understand that we have to be for the children and that the Board has to become transparent and that our focus has to be on setting good policy," Burgess said. "That is going to ensure good education in the city Stamford."
Republican candidates John Hoch and incumbents Lorraine Olson and school board Vice President Jerry Pia along with newcomer Dolores Burgess and current board President Polly Rauh shared their views on how Stamford Public School could be improved at a recent debate.
Hoch: "I've enjoyed this process. The people up here are willing to give their heart, soul, blood, sweat and tears to the young people of Stamford and whether or not we will agree on every issue if I'm elected, I know that I will be starting from that place."
Olson: "Colleges require kids to be well-rounded," she said. "They fit sports into the end of the day and all these other extra-curricular activities. I just don't know if you could extend the day with a child, it's just too long already."
Pia: "Preschool is extremely important. You have to get to children really early. We've seen through various results that everybody learns on the same level, they just don't come in at the same level and that's the key. We have to get them to all come in at the same level."
Burgess: "I think [extending] the day is better. I think children adapt to a lot of things. The problem will be the parents that will have more trouble adjusting to it. If good learning is going on and it's fun and [the kids] are being challenged and motivate, I think they won't mind going a little longer."
Rauh: "The resources of the district need to be put where the needs are," she said. "We talk about equality [in giving funds per school]. I think we need to get away equality and look at equity and put our efforts exactly to the point of the needs of the children in those particular schools and also monitor that the standard curriculum and the amount of time spent on instruction is implemented across the district and not in variations."