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Stonington Board of Education must find its path forward

After four years of service I have resigned from the Board of Education. Following a cancer diagnosis this winter, I have been receiving treatment that will continue for eight months. After time away from meetings, I re-engaged in June, only to find that the divisive forces and toxic nature of this particular board demand more of me than I am able to give. I am deeply grateful to have served on the board and to have worked with so many talented and dedicated individuals. The successes of Stonington schools over the last seven years must be unrivaled by any comparable district in terms of achievement, equity, opportunity, and recognition.

The board is at a critical juncture. It must choose between maintaining a hostile stance toward administration or realign itself in order to prevent the next generation of administrators from taking a more authoritarian stance, which will in turn reduce morale, transparency and the vibrant relational environment that defines Stonington. More than anything, the board must remember that it is guided by the principle of “children first.” If it can get back to that tenet there is hope for the continued accomplishments of a very strong district.

Candace Anderson

Mystic

 

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