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Jeannie Smith to Fill Jim Marpe's Seat on Westport School Board

Smith will finish the remainder of Marpe's second term on the Westport Board of Education, which runs until November 2013.

Jeannie Smith, who ran unsuccessfully for a seat on the Westport Board of Education in the November election, has reportedly been appointed to fill the vacancy left by Republican board member Jim Marpe, who resigned last month to run for first selectman.

As per a report in the Westport News, Smith, who worked for 11 years as a teacher in the Westchester County public schools, will finish the remainder of Marpe's second term, which runs until November 2013.

The board reportedly interviewed several candidates recommended by the Westport Republican Town Committee before selecting Smith — one of four candidates who ran for three open seats on the board in the fall. As per the town charter, a registered Republican had to succeed Marpe on the seven member board.

In addition to working as a public school teacher in New York, Smith also served as an academic interventionist in Westchester County, specializing in literacy development, and as an educational consultant at a Manhattan private school, according to the report.

For more, check out the Westport News report.

Curious December 22, 2012 at 03:01 AM
Ms Smith lost in 2011 because of her very conservative social positions. It was inappropriate for the BOE to select her to fill the vacancy.
Jack Whittle December 22, 2012 at 04:06 AM
Curious, you're still at it eh? Jeannie Smith ran as a Republican in a largely Democrat town and was not elected for that reason and no other - not because of any "very conservative" social positions. I do expect that she is somewhat conservative; she needs to be a Republican in order to be elgible to take over Marpe's seat. Jeannie also happens to have impecable qualifications for the job - and she is one of the nicest, and most energetic, people you will ever meet. The Town will benefit from having her on the Board.
Curious December 23, 2012 at 03:57 AM
Yup, I'm back. I hope you are correct about her, but I also hope she doesn't try to impose her social views on the school system. I will be watching. She came in. last because of her views not because she was a Republic in a Democratic town.

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