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Woodbridge Republican First Selectman Candidate Comments on School Regionalization Bill

Ed Weinberg, Republican candidate for Woodbridge First Selectman, has released the following statement about Senate Bill No. 454 proposed by Sen. President Martin Looney:  “Woodbridge is already part of an effective regionalized school system, the Amity Regional School District #5, which covers the middle and high schools.  From Woodbridge’s perspective, the goal of shared services to reduce administrative costs is already in place as we share transportation and IT services with the larger Amity system.  It appears there was little or no conversation between Sen. Looney’s office and members of any of the Bethany, Orange or Woodbridge Boards of Education, or the Amity Board, to assess the impact of Bill 454.  If passed in its current form the bill would abolish our Amity system, which would be a huge step backwards from the voluntary regional system in place, negatively impacting our children and the quality of their education.  For these reasons, I am opposed to this bill and any bill that takes away local control.

“We should put our trust in our locally elected BOWA (Bethany/Orange/Woodbridge/Amity) district boards to decide what is best for our communities and schools.

“I am disappointed our First Selectman did not come out more strongly to share my view that this bill is not good for Woodbridge.  Discussions of possible expansion of the Amity system to include pre-kindergarten through 6th grade could be positive for Woodbridge, but Sen. Bill 454 does not do that.  We should not confuse forced regionalization with what our local boards are considering.  I don’t think Woodbridge benefits from this proposed state interference.”

VoteWoodbridge’19 is the 2019 campaign slogan of the Woodbridge Republican Town Committee ticket, encouraging voters to objectively assess the performance of the current town leadership without the distractions of national or state political issues.

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