To the Editor:
The recent letter by the Republican candidates for Board of Education makes one wonder, are they intentionally misleading voters or are they genuinely that confused? The record shows that Republicans forced the closing of Simon Lake School, a closing that resulted in the subsequent shuffling of other schools. In 2010 the Board of Finance, with the current Republican Town Committee Chair Paul Beckwith leading the charge, slashed the Board of Education budget request by $2.2 million. The Republican controlled Board of Alderman, including their current mayoral candidate Paula Smith, upheld that reduction while the five Democrats, led by then Alderman Ben Blake, attempted to save Simon Lake School and restore the monies the Board of Finance had cut. Finally, it was the Republican controlled Board of Education that voted to close Simon Lake School and pair the elementary schools into K-2/3-5 sister schools, and “the shuffle” began.