Brodner brings a depth of knowledge

Helen Lutton Cohen

February 20, 2014

I am very glad that Bonnie Brodner is seeking re-election to the Lexington School Committee. In her first three years, her commitment to education and her deep sense of values have played important roles in the continuing excellence of the Lexington schools.

As a previous member of the School Committee, I remember the steep learning curve involved in the first and second year. The school system is extraordinarily complex, challenging, and exciting. Its responsibilities include vital tasks from recruiting and training excellent teachers and developing curricula, balancing the budget and repairing, maintaining, and improving nine buildings, meeting the needs of a wide ranging student body, serving healthy food, ensuring student safety, keeping up with technology, balancing the search for excellence and nurturing strong mental, emotional, and physical health, to ordering paper and paper towels.

Bonnie has been a steady, intelligent, thoughtful member of the Committee, eager and quick to learn, open-minded, insightful, understanding that she is part of a team. She listens to all opinions and makes decisions that balance vision and financial realities, and that take into account all that we want for our schools.

As an example, I refer you to Bonnie’s answer in the February 6 Minuteman to the question of trying to recreate the elementary foreign language program, a goal that most Lexingtonians, including Bonnie, support. Her answer shows a depth of knowledge and understanding that she will build on in her second term on the School Committee as the schools continue moving into the future. I urge you to join me in voting for Bonnie.

Helen Lutton Cohen

Patterson Road

This letter originally appeared in the Lexington Minuteman in print on February 20, 2014.

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