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Meet the RSD #17 Board of Education: Peter Sonski

By Kathy Brown.

In this series, we will introduce you to all eleven members of the Regional School District #17’s Board of Education for 2017-2019.

Peter Sonski stands outside a full-scale replica World War I trench on display at the Knights of Columbus Museum

In March 2017, Peter Sonski was elected by the voters of Haddam as an Unaffiliated candidate at a Town Meeting to fill a vacancy left by Neal Perron when he resigned from the Board (for that article, click HERE). Peter was voted in as the Treasurer  of the Board for 2017-2019 at the December 2017 meeting by the other members of the Board of Education. He will be on the Facilities subcommittee, as well as the Finance subcommittee, and the Strategic Capital Planning Committee. He will serve as the Board’s liaison to H-K Park & Recreation Department.

Peter grew up in Somers, CT, and received undergraduate and graduate degrees from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. He and his family moved to Haddam from suburban Washington, D.C. in 2006. He said, “I was (and remain) attracted to its unpretentious or ‘down home’ New England character.” Of his nine children, Peter has three children in the district right now, as well as two older children who attended HK schools.

Currently, Peter works in administration at the Knights of Columbus Museum in New Haven. In the past, he has been a business owner, as well as employed in the fields of journalism and marketing/public relations.

In the past, Peter has served as a selectman and finance board chairman in Somers, CT, and “[I] realize that the best way to have an influence is to serve.” He was motivated to run for the vacancy on the Board of Education “by a desire to understand the day-to-day mission and administration of the school district, as well as have a hand in its direction.” He told HaddamNow that his general goal while he is on the Board of Education is “to provide the best educational opportunities a public school district can offer, ensuring it’s done in a financially responsible manner. Specific goal is to make certain all RSD 17 schools are safe environments in which to learn and prosper.”

In his free time, Peter enjoys history, golf, and Red Sox baseball.