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Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Letter: Signs Gone But Campaign More Active

To the Editor:

It was great to see our signs on WestportNow today.

Unfortunately, every single sign about the school budget on North Avenue was removed — presumed stolen — overnight. I contacted the police, and they were clear they would not have removed them.

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Some of the signs on North Avenue before they disappeared overnight. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

It’s great that you were able to post a picture before these signs that were intended to promote a local issue and tonight’s public meeting were removed.

Rather than get angry, our campaign is getting more active. We don’t have time or the money to print and replace the signs. So we are getting creative and doing everything we can to promote tonight’s important town meeting.

We are picking up the phones, using social media etc to try and promote the meeting despite these attempts to suppress free speech.

Please encourage every voice in our community to come out.

I started an online petition a month ago to support partial restoration to our education budget — the $700k request restoration amount (ex the lower health care reserve) represents just over 40 percent of the original $1.7 million the Board of Finance asked the Board of Education to remove from its budget.

In one month we have received 1,700 online signatures and over 500 written signatures from parents, teacher and students across the town. We have a positive message to take to the town and the RTM meeting tonight.

We are enthused by the public engagement and the importance of our schools to this community. We want to put the division at the April 4 Board of Finance meeting behind us and focus on winning for our great town.

Our town needs a great school system. Great schools need a great town to thrive. They are both connected to each other. Tonight we want to achieve this partial restoration and we would consider that a win for both our schools and our town.

I would encourage people to give up an hour or two tonight — or even just come for 30 minutes to show your support.

There will be many first time attendees at the RTM meeting tonight. I am a first timer. I attended the Board of Education for the first time in March. I attended the Board of Finance for the first time in April. It’s great for people to start getting involved and speaking up for issues that affect us all.

People can still sign the petition by clicking on this simple link— RTM MEETING: RESTORE $700,000 TO WESTPORT EDUCATION BUDGET & NO REDUCTIONS TO SCHOOL STAFF.

Robert Harrington
Westport

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