Republican candidate for Board of Education John Weldon has launched a website www.weldon2013.com/ and among the menu of issues he addresses is “Civility” with a link to a video of the raucous school board meeting in February featuring Chairman Ken Moales declaring board member Maria Pereira is “acting like you’re on Ritalin or special ed.” That exchange comes close to the video’s three-minute mark. Not Rev. Moales’ finest moment in a year loaded with controversy, but a number of other school board members also had their moments.
A website passage from Weldon’s “Civility” header:
We teach it to our kids from an early age. We teach them to play nicely with others. We teach them to not call each other names and to not interrupt when someone is speaking. As it’s currently comprised, Bridgeport’s Board of Education is completely lacking in civility. Name-calling, yelling at each other, interrupting each other and, at times, even being racist toward one another. What sort of example is that for the youth in our school system?
If elected, I will work to institute formal, concrete policies and procedures to deal with such negative and disruptive behavior so that, if it occurs, the offending party can be dealt with–even if it means being physically removed from the proceedings–so that the business of the Board can progress for the benefit of the parents, students and educators that the Board is there to serve.
Weldon is Republican-endorsed along with Joe Larcheveque and Steve Best. The Democratic candidates are Andre Baker, Howard Gardner and Dave Hennessey. The Connecticut Working Families Party line is Andre Baker, Sauda Baraka and Eric Stewart-Alicea. Five open school board seats are up for grabs. Two of those seats are reserved for minority-party representation.