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School Board Prez Reelected
by Melissa Bailey | Oct 16, 2013 10:41 am
Posted to: Schools
As the city moves forward with a new mayor and superintendent, the school board president is remaining the same.
The school board on Tuesday reelected Carlos Torre (pictured) as its president.
Torre is a veteran member of the eight-person, mayorally appointed board. He served on the board for 10 years, took a hiatus due to term limits, served another eight, then just began another four-year term. When his term runs out in September 2017, he will have to step down again due to term limits.
Torre is now set to outlast 21-year Superintendent Reginald Mayo, who retired this summer, and Mayor John DeStefano, who’s stepping down at the end of the year after 20 years.
The school board voted 7-0 to reelect Torre.
The eighth board member, Elizabeth Torres, wasn’t there for the vote. Torre revealed why: Torres has resigned her position. She had to step down because she just moved into a house she bought in West Haven, Torre said. Board members must live in New Haven.
The vacancy leaves DeStefano the chance to make one more appointment to the board before his tenure ends. In September, he appointed Daisy Gonzalez, a parent leader from East Rock School, to another open seat.
Meanwhile, a movement is afoot to change the makeup of the board: On Nov. 5, voters can cast ballots on whether the board should replace two of its appointed members with elected members. If the referendum passes, the city would be divided into two voting districts. Candidates would then run for those two seats in an election in November of 2015.
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posted by: Channel 1 on October 16, 2013 2:28pm
Why is Torre continually re-elected as president to a board that is personally handpicked by the mayor? I really feel this is an obvious conflict of interest especially since the mayor sits on the board. We as educated citizens of New Haven are not stupid and need to do whatever is necessary for the formation of a publicly elected school board. I think Torre helps perpetuate all the things that are wrong with the system and this has to stop! Just as a revision of the New Haven charter may limit the term of mayors it should also limit positions of power such as school board president to 1 term as well.
posted by: Tom Burns on October 16, 2013 8:23pm
Any poster here who has a negative take on Dr. Torre is badly misinformed or just hateful by nature—I don’t know the DR. personally but I do know he has led the #1 urban district in the nation to where we are today-a model for all others—improving—succeeding—and risking to make this city the best in the nation—we are already perceived as such—or do you posters not read or participate in our work—-second to none—and still working to be even better—I am so proud of our staff—the Mayor—Dr. Mayo—Garth-Imma-our Central Office team—our administrators—our STUDENTS—our families for making this all happen—you negative posters have missed the boat or are unaware of our program and its successes over the past 4 years—and we plan on doing OH so much more—jump on board this winning ship—Tom
Is this the same guy?
Why doesn’t NHI address him as Dr. Torre, then?
New haven is nowhere near the ” #1 urban school district in the nation” as @Tim burns calls it. That has got to be a joke of the first order. New Haven isn’t even the best urban school district in the state or area. New Haven has the Potential to be a much better district, but there has to be a real commitment to depoliticizing the district, looking at children as humans and not data points, ensuring a viable curriculum for all children, supporting teachers, developing school leaders, and holding parents more accountable or doing better with their children at home.