Former school board member Annalee Rosenblatt hopes to use her upcoming term to make the board and its decisions more accessible to the public.

Rosenblatt is running uncontested for one of three spots on the Scarborough School Board. Also running uncontested are Jane Wiseman and Jodie Lenardson.

Rosenblatt, 62, last served on the school board from 2001 to 2004. She is currently the chair of Scarborough’s 350th anniversary committee, served as the Scarborough Chamber of Commerce president, was a member of the Comprehensive Plan Review Committee, vice chair of the Scarborough Charter Review Committee and many other community groups.

“Parents and citizens don’t feel welcome at meetings,” said Rosenblatt, who wants to work on making the school board meetings more accessible to the public. One of her ideas, said Rosenblatt, is to have a student as a non-voting member of the board.

“I want to see the business of the board more transparent,” added Rosenblatt.

“Information that is public isn’t shared with the public,” said Rosenblatt. “The public has to dig it out. I don’t want them to have to do that. If you don’t know what you’re looking for, it’s hard to find.”

Rosenblatt has both a bachelor’s and master’s of education from Arizona State University and certificate of labor studies from the Cornell School of Industrial and Labor Relations. Rosenblatt moved to Scarborough 25 years ago, and currently owns Annalee Z. Rosenblatt, a company specializing in the negotiations and administration of labor contracts.

Another goal for Rosenblatt is to improve relations with the town council.

“Disagreement is OK, but you don’t have to be so disagreeable about it,” said Rosenblatt. “One of the things I want to do is tone down the rhetoric.”

Annalee Rosenblatt


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