Sherr is part of the solution

FI-Letter-to-the-EditorTo the Editor

On Nov. 5, I will be voting to reelect Peter Sherr to the Board of Education and would like to respectfully encourage Greenwich residents to do the same.

Peter has demonstrated his thoughtful manner, thorough approach and practical leadership for the benefit of all children and parents across the many educational issues facing Greenwich. As the parent of three children currently attending Greenwich elementary, middle and high school, Peter is uniquely aware of the importance of broadly strengthening the resources and opportunities for academic achievement for all students throughout the entire public school system, not merely redistributing resources to narrow the achievement gap for some.

Peter is guided by principle and commitment to our community. He isn’t afraid to ask the difficult questions. Peter provides guidance and oversight, holding the administration accountable to improve academic performance in a cost effective manner. Peter doesn’t accept the excuse that Greenwich schools are falling behind nearby towns because of diversity, racial or socio-economic imbalance.

When proposals for redistricting threatened to dislocate thousands of Greenwich students from their neighborhood schools, through patient persistence and calm reasoning it was Peter who stood up as the voice of concerned parents to convince the board to support his “community schools” plan preserving and protecting neighborhood elementary schools and providing additional classroom capacity at the school locations without the need for forced busing.

Peter listens to residents and has earned the respect and support of hundreds of parents and thousands of registered voters throughout our community. Unfortunately, some observers seem to dwell on “dysfunction” at the board and while that critique may at times seem reasonable, I want to assure you, having attended numerous board meetings and spoken with dozens of engaged parents and residents, that Peter is part of the future solution, not any past cause of that circumstance.

Hundreds of parents will be voting for Peter because he asks the right questions and truly represents them. Peter is caring, collaborative, competent and dedicated. He is the steady hand we need for our children.

Greenwich neighbors, please join me in voting for Peter Sherr next Tuesday.

 

Tim Busler
Greenwich

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