Sherr defends decision, calls column ‘personal attack’

To the Editor

In his recent commentary in the Post, Ed Dadakis leveled a full-throttle personal attack on a fellow Republican, while denouncing lack of party fealty. That is a head-scratcher.

Why would an RTC operative want to initiate another season of petty score-settling in Board of Education elections? For whom does Mr. Dadakis speak? Is he signaling that some Republican leaders won’t engage in a substantive campaign of issues and policy? For the sake of my three children and the 9,000 kids in our schools, I hope that my fellow Republicans reject these politics of personal destruction.

Let me address his criticism of my decision to support Leslie Moriarty. For me, she was the only available option to secure effective schools leadership. During the six-month period prior to the last board election, I had direct conversations with RTC leaders and I made it plain that I wanted a Republican chair but couldn’t support Mr. Anderson’s continued leadership.

While Mr. Anderson’s board career has been long, unilateral decisions he made as chair, without consulting his colleagues nor informing the public, undermined trust  and effective functioning of the board. Mr. Anderson not only engaged in unauthorized actions regarding IB expansion, he also tolerated troublesome financial mismanagement. When the RTM and BET rebuked the board over the illegal funds expenditure on the North Mianus parking lot, it became clear that new leadership was needed.

We should have a Republican chairman of the Board of Education to reflect the will of Greenwich voters at the ballot box.  Unfortunately, in recent chairman elections, no qualified Republican offered to serve as chairperson.

My party will have to select candidates with the skill, experience, integrity and willingness to serve as chairperson if we expect to once again lead the Board of Education. We must have people who will act in the best interests of the children and the organization they are elected to serve rather than someone’s idea of blind party loyalty.

Let’s hope this year’s campaign is about the substantive issues facing our schools rather than falsehoods and attack-dog politics. Our kids can’t afford it to be otherwise.

 

Peter Sherr
Greenwich

 

The author is a member of the Board of Education.

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