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Mayor Glatt: Setting the Record Straight!

I have never at any time suggested, proposed, or otherwise stated that I was ever open to exploring an elected school board.

This is the first time in my nearly eight years as Summit's mayor when I have felt compelled to set the record straight in an online publication. 

I have never at any time suggested, proposed, or otherwise stated that I was ever open to exploring an elected school board as Pat Hurley, Republican Ward 2 candidate for Common Council, stated in his letter to Patch of September 17th. 

In that letter, Mr. Hurley claims that he (Hurley) is "open to exploring possibly moving to an elected school board echoing the same sentiments expressed by Mayor Glatt last year". Mr. Hurley's statement is simply untrue, and because I believe so strongly in our appointed Board of Education and the Summit Public Schools, I can not let his statement stand unchallenged. 

What I have said on several occasions when issues have arisen surrounding Board decisions can, I believe, be fairly summarized as follows: “I did not make the decision as Mayor to appoint the school board.  The people of Summit did, and they did it each time it was voted on in a referendum question.  If the citizens of Summit want an elected school board, there is a mechanism in place to get one - a referendum. If that day ever came, of course, as Mayor, I would follow the outcome of that vote."  That statement was made in reference to people who felt that I was exercising some political agenda in choosing to appoint school board members.

Let me be very clear about each of the Summit citizens whom I have had the privilege of appointing to the Board of Education during my tenure as Mayor.  Following the example and advice of my predecessor and friend, Mayor Walter Long, I looked for the best and the brightest people, trying to maintain a representative balance by elementary school district while also insuring that at least one elder citizen had a seat on board.  I never considered the political party of an appointee, and always sought input from the school administration, current and former board members as well as others.  I am enormously proud of the men and women who have served and continue to serve our schools with the best interests of our children as their only agenda, and I commend their service and thank them again for all of the countless volunteer hours that they have devoted  to educating Summit's children and our community.

Finally, let me say, that while campaigns are meant to be competitive and to bring important issues to the forefront, let's never be so afraid of losing that we lose sight of the facts.  I am proud to stand on my record - none of which I would ever want to delete.

Jordan Glatt

Patrick Hurley September 19, 2011 at 08:41 PM
http://summit.patch.com/articles/mayor-stands-by-comment-that-voters-should-decide-school-board-fate
Bill Wilson September 20, 2011 at 01:26 AM
who took my post down? are the rightwing nut jobs at it again?
TomK October 01, 2011 at 03:51 PM
I looked at the link Mr. Hurley posted above. Sure sounds like the mayor was not just "open to exploring" an elected school board, but actually advocating such elections. In any case, the mayor's comments as quoted in the article certainly led me to that assumption - surely he must understand that, if that's not what he meant, he certainly left much room for misinterpretation. You would think the mayor would have the good sense to check out past articles before publicly calling a candidate for office a liar. Further, you would think the mayor would have the maturity, before calling a candidate's statements "untrue," to understand that he may have been legitimately misinterpreted. Sad. As for the school board, don't quite get what those against even "exploring" an elected board are afraid of? What's wrong with taking a serious look at it? Perhaps they fear it would remove a convenient excuse for those elected to office - "the school board did it, don't blame me." We've seen this before with those seeking to back-door a leftist agenda into the schools (e.g., planned parenthood). An appointed board gives elected politicians cover and removes individual board members from direct accountability to the taxpayers/voters.
summitdude October 02, 2011 at 01:16 AM
I've watched a lot of races in this town and BOTH sides (or this year, all three sides) abuse public property with signage. Unless you saw Mr. Hurley place the signs himself don't hold him personally responsible. There are a number of people in this town acting as surrogates and volunteers who run out and put these signs where they don't belong. When a candidate sees their signs on public property they should take them down. Mike Vernotico had signs all up and down the Morris/Glenside hill the other day. Unless he himself put them there himself or instructed someone to do so I can't hold him personally responsible to police every corner of the town. That being said candidates should police their own signs when they see abuse.
LuvSummit October 18, 2011 at 05:47 PM
There many more inaccurate posts by Mr. Hurley besides this one. Unfortunately, we won't be able to see them..... or the many other outrageously angry rants he posted. He had them taken down when he decided to run for Common Council.

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