Letter: School director choices are difficult

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Editor of the Reformer,

Just as the merger of the area schools will be difficult, so, too, is deciding who to vote for on May 21. That's when we choose the members of the board for the new merged district. The new board will replace six boards and as a result there are many candidates bringing a total depth of experience hard to imagine.

As a Brattleboro resident I haven't figured out who to vote for from Putney. But I have reluctantly winnowed down my choices for Brattleboro candidates.

For the one-year term I am supporting my friend and neighbor Emily Murphy Kaur. I am impressed with her experience before moving to Brattleboro as well as her insight into local school issues here. She also brings the experience of a small business person. I think the new board will be well served with at least one relatively new face. None of this should be taken as anything against her opponent, it's just that I am forced to make a choice between two good candidates.

The two-year seat choice is even more difficult. But I am voting for David Schoales. He has a unique viewpoint as a person who is currently serving both on the Brattleboro Town School Board and the Brattleboro Select Board. This gives him a broad outlook on situations facing both the schools and the town. The opioid crisis is but one example. Further, his service on the Alternative Governance Structure Committee means he has been looking much longer that most of the other candidates at what this merger will mean and how it can best be facilitated. Again, I think any of those running will do well for the children we entrust to their care. But a choice has to be made.

George Carvill

West Brattleboro, May 8



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