Stinnett running write-in campaign for School Committee

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 7:45pm

Resident Kara Stinnett has announced that she is running a write-in campaign to fill one of two open seats on the Block Island School Committee. Stinnett, 35, is an employee at the Post Office, member of the Water and Sewer Commission, and a business owner. She is also the mother of two children in the Block Island School, from which she was graduated in 2001.

When asked what motivated her to run, Stinnett said it was the “same reason why I was on the search committee for the new town manager. Younger people need to be involved in local politics and in the things that affect us and our kids. I think I might have a different perspective on things.”

The local election will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 6. Although there are five seats on the School Committee, two members with expiring terms did not file papers for re-election, leaving those seats without candidates to fill them.

With Stinnett’s entry into the race, that still leaves one seat open. The terms are for two years each.

“I think safety is a big issue right now,” she said. “Bullying is, too. We need to teach children how to treat someone who might be different from them.”

Broadband issues are also on her mind. She said the school, which will be part of the anchor institution network that is currently being built, is trying to implement a web-based system of connecting parents with their children’s assignment schedules. Stinnett also said that she recognizes “sports play a major role, but I think we need to bring in more arts and theater.”

She said that classes teaching basic life-skills are also needed.