BRIDGPORT — The charter revision question on today’s ballot on whether the city school board should be in the hands of the voters or the mayor has apparently divided more than just the First family.
Monday, Brian Lockhart reported on the conflicting stance of President Obama and First Lady Michelle, if you can believe the large glossy postcards littering mailboxes throughout the city.
Now comes word that hierarchy at the University of Bridgeport are also at odds over the issue. Last week, UB President Neil Salonen, as part of the Bridgeport Regional Business Council, signed onto a letter urging support of the revision which would phase out the elected school board and replace it with one appointed by the mayor. George Estrada, associate vice president of facilities at UB, co-chaired the charter revision commission that is recommending the change. But in Lenny Grimaldi’s OnlyInBridgeport blog today, Mary Jane Foster, UB’s vice president of University Relations and a former mayoral candidate in the city, offered succint reasons why the change isn’t such a good idea.