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Letter: Newly Elected BOE Membership Presents Opportunities

The pre-election letter from the Democrat candidates for the Woodbridge Board of Education (BOE) documented their revisionist history, distortion of facts and deflection of their own bad behavior.  The fact is the current Democrat Woodbridge BOE members caucus regularly, so they are “aligned” at BOE meetings.  By definition, that’s a political activity.  The Republicans don’t caucus – they are presented with issues, ask questions in a public forum and make up their own minds – no groupthink here.  The Democrats claim they supported the re-opening of Beecher Road School with in-person learning is belied by the recordings of mid-summer 2020 BOE meetings where they, as a group, questioned the wisdom of the Governor’s directive to re-open schools.

They also attempt to take full credit for the reduction of a projected quarter-million-dollar deficit when it was the Republican BOE Chair and a Republican majority BOE Finance Committee that carefully monitored spending trends and savings efforts on multiple fronts.  One might think that these statements from Democrat members of the Board of Education should result in the authors having to write “We will not spin the truth again” 250 times on the blackboard.

With the newly elected Woodbridge BOE members come opportunities for better behavior.  Let’s hope the caucus practice ends, the spin cycle has been exhausted and the stress of educating our kids through a pandemic is behind us.

Matt Schwartz

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