Brodner needed for challenging time

Mona Roy

February 20, 2014

I am writing to express my support for Bonnie Brodner for another term on the Lexington School Committee.

Most endorsement letters start with a statement on how long they have known a candidate and how many PTA committees they served on together and so on. I don’t know Bonnie socially. I know her only through her work as a School Committee Member for the past few years. It through these years of watching her at School Committee meetings that I feel compelled to write this letter of endorsement.

It is clear to anyone who attends or watches the school committee meetings that Bonnie always reads whatever reports are submitted. She must read them very carefully as she often has specific questions on various details in these reports. She is also very careful to balance the interests of the town and the parents in her measured and thoughtful comments. Having said that, she is not afraid to ask difficult questions of administration to represent the best interests of children in this town. It takes a lot of personal and political courage to ask these questions - the questions that other people are afraid to ask and the questions that many don’t want asked. Her quiet and kind manner encourage discussion and finding common ground. She is respectful, compassionate, humble and always willing to listen. Where she has questions, she will seek the answers and if needed reach out to parent groups to get information. Her connection with the community is well documented.

I applaud anyone who wants to serve this town and we are lucky to have two exemplary women who clearly care about the future of our school running for School Committee. At this time however, given the significant changes within the school administration and ongoing policy reforms, we need someone with Bonnie’s experience and insight on the School Committee to move Lexington Public Schools forward and not backwards. We also need Bonnie’s sensitivity which comes not only from her kind nature but her time on the School Committee where she has learned a great deal about the struggles of families in the school system. She is clearly devoted to the Town of Lexington and the children in particular.

I hope you will join me in supporting the re-election of this outstanding candidate for School Committee.

Mona Roy

Bertwell Road

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

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