Sherr says he will listen to the people

FI-Letter-to-the-EditorTo the Editor

Thank you, Greenwich. It has been an honor to serve on the Board of Education over the last four years and I’m humbled to be asked by voters to serve again.

The campaign was vigorously contested and we are stronger because voters had a choice and could truly make their voice heard. I’m thankful for all the people who took the time to speak with me at the dump, beach, train stations, shopping centers, or community meetings.

I hear loud and clear three key messages from residents, taxpayers and parents. First, listen and be our voice rather than representing an agenda of any interest group alone. Represent Greenwich and champion our community desires and values. Next, we want and expect debate and discussion but will not countenance animosity or negative personal attacks in political campaigns or otherwise. Last, lead change in schools and make our system more effective, transparent and accountable.

Thank you to everyone who supported me. I am indebted to you for your time, treasure and vote. There are residents and neighbors who supported other candidates. You have my commitment to lead on the Board of Education. I hope I can also earn your trust and confidence and will try my best to be your representative, too.

There are big issues facing the Greenwich Public Schools over the next few years, including resolving the state’s racial balance demands, avoiding redistricting, launching digital learning, closing the student achievement gap, implementing new curriculum, assuring facilities maintenance and renovation, completing MISA, remediating GHS toxic contamination, improving special education, and many others.

But there are also tremendous opportunities. We can and should have world-class schools that consider each child individually and educate them to their full potential. This has long been the slogan, but we now have the chance to truly embrace this idea.

I’m committed to making this vision happen. Thank you for your confidence and endorsement. I will do my best to work with my colleagues and realize the brightest future for my kids and the other 9,000 children in our schools.

 

Peter Sherr
Greenwich

The author is a Republican member of the Greenwich Board of Education.

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