Letter: Break up schools’ superintendent, board chairman
Published 6:37 am, Sunday, January 31, 2016
The Fairfield Board of Education has always been a pretty dysfunctional board when you get right down to it. And now, more than ever, that board earns that distinction with Chairman Dwyer and Superintendent Title sitting in the middle of their table leading the show: dysfunction junction. Their televised meetings make the Simpsons look like a model family.
Our town charter established the Board of Education consistent with state law. It is an elected board. The town charter makes no mention of the superintendent, which is hired and supposed to be directed by that board. Like every other hire in town who is supposed to answer to a board, elected or appointed, Title should be asked to sit in its rightful place at a board meeting. That place is not among the board or to the immediate side of its chairman.
Additionally, the BoE needs to operate using Robert's Rules of Order as required by the town charter. Chairman Dwyer needs to change his autocratic bullying ways. Just as a majority of the voters put the BoE members into place, so too a majority of the voters adopted the town charter defining the rules by which our town should be governed.
Breaking up Title and Dwyer may seem like symbolic act. It even breaks with tradition at the BoE. Nevertheless, it is the right thing to do, and it may even make Fairfield a more attractive town to the next big company who looks to see if Fairfield might be a good town in which locate its headquarters.
Anyone who thinks GE's decision to move its downsized 200-person headquarters operation fully out of Connecticut and its remaining operations out of Fairfield, has nothing to do with the bold dysfunction in both the state capital and town government does not know how these location decisions get made.
The BoE isn't the only dysfunctional operation here in town. It just happens to be the worst. You have to start some place to fix things and the BoE is the big one.