LETTER: BOE members should work together

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

Regarding the upcoming vote for the Board of Education, we want to let people know about our thoughts on voting, due to the somewhat confusing nature of how the members of the Board of Education are chosen and possible repercussions of this election.

It is important to note that there are five open positions on the Board of Education and residents can vote for up to five candidates. However, the Town Charter dictates that when there are five seats open, it has to be a three/two split so in the end, three Democrats and two Republicans will be elected, or vice versa.

We believe that especially in the current fiscal environment, it is critical to spend our education dollars wisely. Neither side, Republican or Democrat, has all the answers. We need to have the best ideas from both sides of the aisle put forth and seriously considered by all members of the Board.

What is happening now is some of our elected BOE members are acting disrespectfully toward one another and lobbing bombs, in the hope of total stagnation, like Congress today. Their agenda is to cut funding and wrest control away from the professional educators and administrators, who currently run Fairfield’s public schools with the Board’s oversight, to run the school system themselves. A worse scenario cannot be imagined.

Therefore, it is vital that we elect member from both sides of the aisle who want to help strengthen Fairfield’s Education system — not destroy it from within. If you agree — that it is necessary for the members of the BOE to work together as adults to solve the difficult challenges of the day and to ensure the excellence of Fairfield schools — then it is crucial to elect the best people from both the Republican and Democratic parties.

We urge you to vote for the following candidates: Jessica Gerber(D), Anthony Calabrese (R), Philip Dwyer (D), Jennifer Maxon-Kennelly (D), and Trisha Pytko (R).

Chris and Cindy Leighton

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