It Pays to have Friends
in High Places
I felt the
selection process would be difficult for the members of
the Board of Selectman and the School Committee to choose
the best person in their collective view to fill the
seat. The eight candidates that stepped up to serve
brought a variety of backgrounds that presented a true
choice for members of both boards
As the days got closer to the meeting I began making some more calls and still got the sense that minds were not made up and it would be a tough decision and there was even the possibility a consensus could not be reached. The daily papers quoted various members who stated the need for somebody who was up on the issues, somebody who could hit the ground running and even a female perspective to mix up the male dominated board. I felt that these were all fair, sound concerns and I would not feel slighted if a more experienced person such as a former School Committee person were selected over me.
I was also hearing unofficially that Tim Pybus was going to be the appointee and the selection process at this point was merely a formality. This begs the question as to why Tim Pybus and not somebody else?
I am told he is a close friend of a number of the School Committee members and the Board of Selectman. I know from personal experience that he actively campaigned for Dan Murphy in the 2003 election. Perhaps this gives somebody a political edge but does it make him or her the best choice for the school children of North Andover?
If we go back to
the sentiments expressed in the daily papers by the board
members for what they sought in an appointee, Tim himself
admits, he "is not fully up to speed on every
academic issue now being debated by the School
Committee. He also did not state in the public
hearing whether or not he intended to run for election to
the seat next year. Nor was he asked to do so.
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