Local businesswoman announces bid for Board of Education

Fairfield resident Donna Karnal is announcing her candidacy for the Board of Education. She is seeking to win one of the two democratic BOE seats up for election in November.

Karnal has lived in Fairfield since 1995. Her two children attend the Fairfield Public Schools. She is looking to bring her background in conflict resolution and common sense business savvy to bear on the many challenges surrounding the delivery of outstanding education to students in the Fairfield Public Schools.

“In order for children to be successful as the next generation, it is crucial that they have the benefits and advantages of a good education,” said Karnal, noting that her business sense “makes her wise to the need to do this in a financially prudent fashion so that the entirety of the town prospers.”

Karnal is looking to re-focus the educational spending priority back to the quality of student instruction through excellent teachers in a safe environment.

She describes herself as “committed, smart and a hard worker who will advocate for children with the benefit of her 30 years of professional experience in business.”

Karnal started out on Wall Street trading for Goldman Sachs and eventually transitioned into private wealth management for a division of Citigroup. She later moved to one of the top tier executive search firms, Korn Ferry, where she did pioneering work in the search industry. From there, she launched her own firm, headquartered in Southport.

Karnal holds a master’s degree in mediation and conflict resolution, which she said will benefit her as a member of the BOE. She believes it is time for the public to vote in members to the BOE who will vote to make positive changes for the Fairfield Public School System in order to bring it closer to Best in Nation status. This means the pursuit of excellence in education for the students while simultaneously having the common sense to spend in a responsible fashion.

If elected, Karnal said she is committed to help bring Fairfield schools to that next level.

“Prioritizing excellent teaching and programs for students does not require excessive spending,” she said. “It requires research, common sense and a commitment to excellence. The kids win. The town and the taxpayers win. It is possible.”

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