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Letter to the Editor 9-10-09

posted Sep 20, 2010, 6:42 AM by David Greene   [ updated Sep 20, 2010, 6:42 AM by David G. ]

To the Editor 9-10-09

Our City’s children are losing two of their greatest advocates. Angela Lorenti and Susan Nabel are true examples of what dedicated and passionate citizens can do to volunteer to make Stamford, The City That Works. Their experience, thoughtfulness and fairness as Board of Education members will be missed.

During their tenure, Ms. Lorenti and Ms. Nabel experienced two redistricting processes, one which failed in 2004, the hiring of a new Superintendent, standardization of curriculum, new buildings and facility upgrades, severe budget cuts, and the latest middle school transformation, among other issues.

If Polly Rauh and Jerry Pia are elected, it will be helpful to have their longtime experience with education in Stamford and as members of the Board of Representatives. Coupled with the newer members who have fresh ideas and new energy, it could be a great combination. However, the loss of Ms. Lorenti and Ms. Nabel, as members of the Board during these transformative years of the past decade, is concerning.

There is research that ties student achievement to school board turnover. Coupled with the statistics of high superintendent turnover for urban schools, our district could be in danger.

I hope that whoever is elected will listen to the many parents and community members who have been involved for the last ten years and not just the special interest group parents who are newly involved since redistricting and middle school transformation. Ms. Lorenti and Ms. Nabel deserve many thanks and best wishes. I hope that they will remain involved and vocal on the other side as constituents.

-Regan Allan