If Margaret Albright were to win the vote on November 5th, she would be the first School Committee member from the Horace Mann community since 1973.
With 15 elementary schools and 8 SC members, the average coverage is about 50% for each elementary school. Horace Mann has been out in the cold for a very, very long time in terms of SC representation.
On the other hand, if Andrea Steenstrup were to win, Cabot would have two sitting SC members with children at Cabot: Andrea and Angela Pitter.
Does Epstein have a valid point? I must say in all my years voting and thinking about candidates for School Committee, I’ve never once based my vote, support or opposition on which SC member comes from a specific elementary school.
In fact, while I can name all eight of our current SC members, I only know where one SC member sent their kids and that’s only because I know that member’s kids. (OK, thanks to Geoff I now know about Angela Pitter’s children too.)
It seems to me that if these are city-wide seats, we’d expect our SC members to advocate for all our schools. Am I just being naive? Does this matter to you? Should it?