Sherr’s accomplishments stand out

FI-Letter-to-the-EditorTo the Editor

Often I hear people say someone is a good member of the Board of Education because they ask good questions. But the most important qualification is getting things done.

In this regard, Peter Sherr stands out.

He’s been responsible for a number of very successful labor contracts, saving the town millions of dollars while providing competitive settlements and superior benefits to teachers and staff. He’s been a leader in the fight for digital learning, which can have a dramatic impact on improving instruction in schools.

Peter has made a superb contribution to Greenwich’s schools in planning and budgeting. Sounds pretty boring, but in the past budgets were virtually indecipherable with expenditures organized by accounting codes, leaving people hard-pressed to figure out how much was spent on what. Peter’s reforms mean budgets are organized by program and you can tell what is being spent on which programs. This means the board, parents and the public can readily figure out what’s being spent in support of which priorities.

And speaking of priorities, Peter worked with colleagues to develop a new planning system that actually maps out the path forward for our schools.

When Greenwich received a letter from the state requiring the schools to be “racially balanced,” Peter researched the law and found a little known provision exempting “unique schools” from the state quotas. He and Peter von Braun then created the “community schools plan,” declaring ISD, Julian Curtiss, Hamilton Avenue, and New Lebanon as unique schools, exempting the district from the ravages of the state’s mandate to rebalance.

Make no mistake, a “feel good” motion by the board to refuse to redistrict does not trump state law. Only repealing the law, successfully challenging its constitutionality or finding usable exemptions can defeat its pernicious effects.

Peter figured out how to achieve victory for our kids and their parents. This plan focuses on keeping kids in their neighborhood schools, exactly where their parents want them to be. These are the schools we need to strengthen.

For the good of our children, I urge all of you to re-elect Peter Sherr.


Denene Jensen

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