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Andy George is a member of the Stamford Board of Education.

Hearst Connecticut Media

Election Day is round the nook and voters have an opportunity to vary the composition of the Board of Education. I’m enthusiastic about the contemporary candidates on each the Republican and Democratic strains of the poll. New faces could assist the BOE restore its optimistic focus and be companions in enchancment.

The position of the Board of Education (BOE) is usually misunderstood, even by some of its members and candidates. The BOE is a governing physique, not a managerial board. It just isn’t a watchdog company. Unlike different metropolis boards that will perform as a test and steadiness to the elected mayor and different metropolis officers, the BOE hires the superintendent to be the chief government. She oversees the day-to-day operations of the faculty system.

It is incumbent on the BOE to help the superintendent and administration, whereas holding them accountable. Board members ought to advocate for the colleges, not turn into detractors and mouthpieces for sensationalizing issues. There are issues to make certain, however the seagull method — fly in, flap your wings, make so much of noise, go away a multitude, and fly away — just isn’t useful. While election marketing campaign rhetoric is comprehensible, a relentless weight loss plan of negativity just isn’t constructive. Usually, it’s far more productive to respectfully collaborate with the administration in search of options. Progress requires cooperation and laborious work.

Make your voices heard on Election Day — Nov. 2.



Andy George is a member of the Stamford Board of Education. This is his private opinion and isn’t an announcement from the board.