Dwyer, newcomer Calabrese tapped to lead school board
A newly elected Board of Education member secured the board’s vice chairmanship during the panel’s recent organizational meeting.
While the incumbent chairman, Democrat Philip Dwyer, who won re-election in the recent municipal election, was again named chairman, Anthony Calabrese, a Republican who received the most votes of any of the board candidates Nov. 3, was chosen vice chairman by a 6-3 vote by members. Dwyer also was named to his post by the same 6-3 vote.
Newly re-elected Democrat Jessica Gerber was unanimously chosen board secretary.
Liu-McCormick and Llewellyn nominated Karnal for chairman, while Karnal nominated Llewellyn for vice chairman.
Prior to running for the Board of Education, Calabrese was an elected member of the Town Plan and Zoning Commission. He works for the town as its recreation coordinator.
“I look forward to another year,” Dwyer said, before inviting Calabrese to move into the seat next to his. “We have a lot of work in front of us and if we can stay focused on that, I think we’ll be in good shape, and the school district will be in good shape.”
Dwyer and Calabrese, along with incumbent Democrats Gerber and Jennifer Maxon-Kennelly, and newcomer Republican Trisha Pytko, were all members of a bipartisan slate endorsed by the Fairfield Education Association, the local teachers’ union, which won election in the Nov. 3 balloting.