Brodner epitomizes values for schools

Eileen Gordon Zalisk

February 6, 2014

I have lived in Lexington for almost twenty-five years. Although I do not have children in Lexington schools, I want this town to continue to be defined by the legacy of its history, the diversity of its residents, and the outstanding educational system that reflects our shared values and humanity. I support Bonnie Brodner for re-election to the Lexington School Committee because I believe she epitomizes the core values and abilities that will continue to make the Lexington school system great. I have been especially impressed with Bonnie as our work paths have crossed in political circles. In addition:

  • Bonnie has served on the school committee for three years. In that time she has been involved in work that has resulted in two successful elementary school renovations (Bridge and Bowman) and the construction of the new Estabrook School on time and under budget;
  • Bonnie was part of the interview committee that hired the new Director of Special Education, Ellen Sugita;
  • Bonnie has been involved in the reduction of school bus fees and the elimination of school fees for full-day kindergarten and the elementary music program;
  • Bonnie will prioritize issues -- focusing first on what is central, not peripheral, to the future of our schools;
  • Bonnie is an independent thinker. She evaluates questions unencumbered by preconceived ideas or affiliations;
  • Bonnie is distinguished by how she approaches problems. She researches all sides of an issue and talks to all stakeholders before taking a stand or making a decision;
  • Bonnie is an advocate for every child - not just the select few;
  • Bonnie believes that educational policies are not for us or them but for all of us together.

I am impressed with all the members of the school committee, but Bonnie Brodner has played a unique role - that will not be filled by anyone else. We will have a stronger school committee when we vote to re-elect Bonnie Brodner to continue the work that she has begun.

Eileen Gordon Zalisk

Grant Street

This letter originally appeared in the Lexington Minuteman in print on February 6, 2014.

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