Pam Braunstein's sudden resignation from our Trustee Board seems to have been planned for maximum pain and maximum confusion. At the moment, no one seems to be able to offer any clarity about our rights as voters when it comes to replacing this seat. Will the state even allow us to run a special election? Will we even be allowed to elect our representative at all?
The possibility of not having a say in who represents us for the next few months or two years has worried many parents who are already agitated with the actions of the board. We are looking at a mass exodus from the public school system if we don't put this seat in the hands of the parents of Area 2. We don't want to see that happen. We love our schools and need to keep them funded and opened for parents who have no alternatives. This is an issue of justice, not just education.
Our Trustee Board will meet on 3/16 to determine whether they will choose to run a special election or choose to appoint a replacement. I know many of you have expressed concern that people you didn't elect will now get to choose our Area seat. I share that concern.
As I prepare to run a special election if one is called, I also am urging people to respectfully lobby all of our board members to choose an appointment for this seat, and to choose me to fill the seat. I am a representative of Area 2 parents and I believe I have overwhelming community support to join our Trustee Board.
You can use this link to take you to our Trustee page and email from them from there. No matter where you live, please contact each board member. Your representative may be choosing mine. They are very busy people, so keep it concise and polite. Here is a short sample to guide you if you're not sure what to say.
Use: Appoint Kira Davis to Area 2 in the subject line.
The Area 2 Trustee seat is now open. I recommend Kira Davis for the open position. She would be an excellent Trustee.
I will keep you updated as we all get more clarity on this issue.