Ge­orge named pres­i­dent of Board of Ed­u­ca­tion

Stamford Advocate - - News - By Erin Kay­ata erin.kay­ata @stam­for­dad­vo­

STAM­FORD — Andy Ge­orge, who switched par­ties last year and op­posed the schools su­per­in­ten­dent’s con­tract, has been named the new pres­i­dent of the Stam­ford Board of Ed­u­ca­tion.

Ge­orge re­places David Man­nis, who was not re­elected.

Ge­orge be­gan his ten­ure with the Stam­ford Board of Ed­u­ca­tion in 2015 when he was elected as a Repub­li­can af­ter a failed run in 2014. How­ever, two years into his ten­ure, Ge­orge changed par­ties fol­low­ing the elec­tion of Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump. He said Trump “doesn’t re­flect the val­ues” of the Repub­li­can party.

Ge­orge ran for the board again as a Demo­crat in Novem­ber 2017, re­plac­ing for­mer board pres­i­dent Ge­off Al­swanger. Ge­orge won the spot with 10,935 votes.

Ac­cord­ing to his cam­paign web­site, Ge­orge and his wife, Amy, have lived in Stam­ford since the 1980s. They have three chil­dren who at­tended Stam­ford Pub­lic Schools. While his chil­dren were in the school sys­tem, Ge­orge taught Junior Achieve­ment, co-pro- duced the Stam­ford Al­lS­chool Mu­si­cal, coached soc­cer and as a mem­ber of the Stam­ford High School gov­er­nance coun­cil and cit­i­zen’s bud­get com­mit­tee.

Ge­orge has worked in fi­nance and ac­count­ing and ran with hopes of im­prov­ing fa­cil­i­ties in the schools to ac­com­mo­date in­creas­ing en­roll­ment.

Jackie Pi­oli, a fam­ily ad­vo­cate­who beat Man­nis in his run for a sec­ond term, was sworn onto the board Tues­day night by Mayor David Martin. Man­nis and Pi­oli went head-to-head last month for the sole avail­able Demo­cratic seat with Pi­oli win­ning by about 2,000 votes.

Pi­oli has worked in bank­ing. A Stam­ford Pub­lic Schools par­ent, she was awarded a Parental In­volve­ment Recognition Award from the State Ed­u­ca­tion Re­source Cen­ter.

Repub­li­can in­cum­bents Mike Al­ta­mura and Frank Cera­soli were sworn in for their sec­ond terms.

In ad­di­tion to elect­ing Ge­orge as the board chair­man, board mem­bers se­lected Jen­ni­enne Burke to serve as vice pres­i­dent and Al­ta­mura to con­tinue serv­ing as sec­re­tary. Board mem­ber Ni­cola Tarzia will con­tinue serv­ing as as­sis­tant sec­re­tary.

Matthew Brown / Hearst Con­necti­cut Me­dia

Andy Ge­orge has been cho­sen as pres­i­dent of the Stam­ford Board of Ed­u­ca­tion.

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