Among those seeking elected office Nov. 5, all five candidates for the Board of Education deserve special thanks and admiration.
Like those running for Board of Selectmen and Town Council, they’ve raised their hands to undergo close scrutiny on behalf of the community, and on a volunteer basis. And Board of Ed members face decisions that we expect to upset as many New Canaanites as they please. Open questions of just how to change school start times and how much taxpayer money to seek for a reconfigured busing system must be addressed in the budget-setting weeks that immediately follow Election Day. Additionally, working with district administrators to figure out—based on inconclusive community feedback and with an eye on taxpayer spending—how early is too early for elementary schoolchildren forms just one part of the Board’s work and responsibilities.
This year, five candidates—three Republicans and two Democrats—are seeking election to seats currently held by three Republicans and one Democrat.