Does it matter who wins the contested races in local elections, or do vacancies need to be filled with progressive rubber stampers who continue to advocate, promote, and approve a politically correct agenda?
The Westport Senior Center hosted a Meet the Candidates forum a week before the annual town election. Two out of three candidates for school committee were present and there was no mention of the third until I was allowed to ask the final question and bring it to the audience’s attention.
Bear in mind, a Save Our Schools (SOS) statement on Facebook said that a candidate who voted “No” on the blank check, no dollar amount ballot question for the new school project could not be endorsed for School Committee. Nancy Stanton-Cross, who served on SOS and the “Yes” ballot question committee and Tony Vivieros, incumbent and member of the unelected School Building Committee, basically share the same platform. So why shouldn’t a different viewpoint be welcomed on the school board instead of filling both openings with essentially one voice?
When town officials say the new school will be within budget, do they mean $59 million or $97 million? Now that the vote is history, Mr. Vivieros confirmed at this forum that the town will borrow the full $96.8 million as prescribed by the MSBA. Get the facts; read the Funding and Scope Agreements on the MSBA website. You will see how they use their sole discretion to determine what is eligible for reimbursement. As long as the unelected School Building Committee jumps through every MSBA hoop, they will be rewarded with the $37.4 million grant. My bet is that it will be an as-needed add on, not a subtraction, based on how government spends other people’s money.
Ms. Stanton-Cross responded to my questions by publicly accusing me of having an agenda. That may be true of all of us, but let’s stay focused on that of public schools and how representative local control has been usurped from constituents, especially parents.
Remember that on Feb. 27, voters wrote a blank check to fund a school building project along with the programming students are to receive as approved by the Quasi Independent Government Agency, MSBA. Thus, Westport’s quasi education program is an MSBA prerequisite, one of the strings attached to the $37.4 million grant in order to receive reimbursement. Again, this fact is in the Project Funding Agreement on the MSBA website.
Their agenda is apparent with Westport’s compliance:
“Westport’s Community Schools’ mission is to ensure that our children [whose children?] achieve academic and personal excellence, become lifelong learners and responsible, productive and engaged citizens of the world.” (Page 7, Staff Handbook 2017-2018)
I am not ashamed of my “No” votes on Jan. 23 and Feb. 27. As you can see from the loss of local control and the politically correct globalist agenda inculcating public school students, America’s future, it’s not just about the money and taxes.
Marilyn Pease lives in Westport.