School Committee Special Election: Nicole Bucka Interview

by | Sep 21, 2021

Things don’t always turn out as planned, as illustrated Monday evening for the candidate interview of Nicole Bucka, who is running to fill a vacant seat on the EG School Committee. Fortunately, Bucka’s audio worked but my audio did not. So, the video presented below has been edited to add the text of the questions Bucka (but no one else) heard Monday.

EG News thanks Bucka for participating. Candidate Peter Carney declined to participate. While election day is Tuesday, Oct. 5, early (so called “emergency”) voting has begun in the Town Clerk’s office at Town Hall. Anyone who is registered in East Greenwich and has not requested/received a mail ballot may cast an “emergency” ballot weekdays up to Oct. 4 at 4 p.m.

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Jean McLevedge
Jean McLevedge
September 22, 2021 7:28 am

Thank you for an informative and thorough interview. I was struck by her veering off into disabled and LGBTQ twice when asked about students of color. Black and Latinx people can’t hide, and in my experience teachers have treated them differently. I didn’t get the sense that she has any stored expertise on handling this topic.

September 22, 2021 7:38 am

Good on Nicole for joining. She has my vote. Anyone who declines an opportunity to answer questions from constituents, especially at such a local level as school committee, should be seriously scrutinized.

Micheline Nilsen
Micheline Nilsen
September 22, 2021 1:49 pm

It appears that the East Greenwich school system has been making subtle changes to the IEPs for special needs students, which then enables them to shift intervention for dyslexia to reading rather than special needs.This reduces significantly the amount of services provided to these students and, once they have agreed to the IEP, parents are powerless to have the matter addressed. Special needs students need Nicole Bucka on the board to advocate for their interests and ensure that they receive the services they are legally entitled to. Her opponent, Peter Carney has no expertise or experience in this complex matter and would therefore be unlikely to address the East Greenwich school system’s services for special needs students, and the potentially expensive liability they entail.

September 25, 2021 4:51 pm

As a senior citizen tax payer in E. G., I want each student in our schools to get the best possible education. Special interest voices should be heard, but not to the detriment of the overall student population.
I do wonder why the spouse of a teacher would want to be in a position where any votes affecting teachers would require abstention!

Jean McLevedge
Jean McLevedge
September 26, 2021 10:22 am

A couple of days ago, I sent Mr. Carney the text of the questions Elizabeth asked Ms. Bucka. Hopefully I will hear back from him.


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