Larry Murphy will bring practical solutions to Ann Arbor school board
Soon, voters will make important decisions regarding the direction of the Ann Arbor school board. Clearly, the district’s biggest challenge remains that of dealing with the financial constraints of the current economy. A critical aspect of managing in these difficult times will be a commitment to prioritizing resources for the classroom.
I have looked at the candidates’ positions in the media and on their websites, and find that Larry Murphy offers the most concrete ideas about how to deal with these challenges. His ideas offer fresh thinking and practical, focused solutions that can be implemented. These include consolidating transportation through neighborhood-based busing, which Dexter introduced more than a year ago and led to a reduction in fuel consumption by half; an administrative hiring freeze unless external recruitment is absolutely necessary and specifically approved by the Board; and a 2012-2013 budget with NO teacher cuts, with responsibility and accountability of school administrators for maintaining the focus on the classroom.
In short, the Ann Arbor school board needs new ideas and leadership, and a focused commitment to classroom education. Larry Murphy is a problem-solver who can bring this resolve to the district.
- Edward Post, Superior Township