Letter: Phil Dwyer serves the town well

FI-Letter-to-the-EditorTo the Editor:

I have great faith in the leadership abilities of Philip Dwyer. He has served this town well as a member and Chairman of the Board of Education. We are fortunate he is running for re-election.

I am impressed with a recent comment Phil make. “The greatness of a school district is not measured by national standardized tests, but rather in how it educates those students most in need.” I agree. Our community has many students with a diverse set of needs and we need leadership that understands the mission of our public schools is to educate every student.

The Fairfield school district has adopted a new District Improvement Plan under the leadership of Philip Dwyer and Superintendent of Schools, Dr. David Title. We have a great school system and this plan is intended to make it even better. Continuity is important to insure the plan is implemented as intended.

I also understand the Fairfield Education Association (FEA) that represents all certified district staff (teachers and others) has recently endorsed five candidates for the Board of Education. I also have faith in our teachers and their commitment to each and every student. Clearly, our school district is at an important juncture for the FEA to make endorsements for the first time.

Thus, I support those endorsements including Democrats Philip Dwyer, Jessica Gerber and Jennifer Maxon-Kennelly. The FEA also endorsed Republicans Anthony Calabrese, who I know, and Trisha Pytko, who I met recently at one of our church functions. Our teachers have a good read on the needs of the Board of Education for more constructive collaboration among its members. They also understand the needs of our school district.

I support their collective wisdom in choosing these five candidates to best serve the needs of our community and our students. I will follow the teachers lead and hope you do as well. Please vote on November 3rd.

Rev. David W. Spollett


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