WESTON, Conn. – Finding a way to become more active in local affairs was one of the primary reasons Chris Moore decided to seek a seat on the Weston Board of Education.
“I was quite active in the town we lived in outside of Boston and I wanted to do that here,” Moore said. He said he was a part of preserving open space and working with the finance board there, as well as working as a volunteer firefighter and emergency medical services.
Yet, he wanted to do something different in Weston and said the school board was the most interesting and challenging.
“I think it’s something where we need to have a real commitment to volunteering our time, or energy, to supporting the schools,” Moore said. “And frankly for the board, serving as an independent set of eyes ears and brains, it’s important to ask the right questions, to make sure we’re spending the taxpayers money wisely.”
He has two children in the Weston school system right now, which was another reason he wanted to participate in the Weston Board of Education.
“We’re very much stakeholders, as is everyone in town,” he said of his family.
As a lawyer for GE Capital, Moore said he hopes to bring an open ear and a willingness to find ways to save money in a school system that is roughly 70 percent of the town’s budget and find ways of better using it.
“In an era where we don’t have an endless pile of money to spend I hope I will bring to the board a willingness to take a hard look at how we’re spending our money,” Moore said.
When asked what he thinks might need changing in the schools, he said it wasn't so much the schools, but the communication between the administration, the boards of education, finance and selectmen needs to improve and become a healthier discussion.
“There is a real opportunity to improve the tone and the quality of the dialogue and debate,” he said.
Moore is looking to fill the seat left by current member Sonya Stack, who is moving to Zurich.