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Westport Letter: Re-Elect Elaine Whitney To School Board

WESTPORT, Conn. -- The Westport Daily Voice accepts signed letters to the editor. Send letters to westport@dailyvoice.com.

To The Editor:

I am writing to endorse Elaine Whitney for school board in the upcoming Westport municipal election. As her husband of a many years, I have a unique perspective on why Elaine deserves your vote.

As a leader, Elaine brings a combination of dedication to public education, hard work and respect for her fellow public officials that has been incredibly effective for the town and its students. During Elaine’s five-year tenure, the Board of Education has retooled the curriculum to meet 21st-century needs while also finding and implementing millions of dollars in recurring non-instructional cost savings.

Converting these initiatives into concrete achievements over the years has required thousands of hours of meetings and calls with the school administration, fellow board members, other town officials, and constituents. Without Elaine’s patience, persistence and respect for her fellow volunteers on the Board of Education, Board of Finance and RTM, I do not think many of these accomplishments would have been possible.

Elaine’s leadership, boundless energy and passion for effective education oversight have also long been recognized at the state level. I have always admired Elaine’s ability to lead by example and bring out the best in any group she joins. I sincerely hope you will join me in voting for her on Nov. 5.

John Garber

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