For us, the key consideration is: does this candidate have the necessary leadership, collaborative and analytic skills? Does the candidate have a proven track record of respectful, productive and successful negotiations with the Superintendent, other School Committee members and diverse constituents?
Bonnie Brodner is a tireless advocate for inclusion and acceptance of diversity in our schools. She lives these values as she listens thoughtfully, never forming reactive opinions, but gathering information and listening to all voices. Please return her to the School Committee, and keep their work moving forward without needless disruption.
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 came to know Bonnie as smart, hard-working, funny, and someone I could trust to complete any task she takes on. More importantly, she is someone who is really effective working in a group situation where authority is shared. She gives you her full attention when you talk to her, she’s not afraid to ask questions, and you get an honest answer from her once she has processed all of the information. Bonnie comes up with good ideas but has the self-confidence to go another direction when she knows that is the right thing to do. She always keeps the big picture in mind, gauging the effects of any action on everyone. Bonnie is the ultimate team player.
I’ve always appreciated her thoughtful, humble approach and her sense of humor - both of which have stood her in good stead during the time she has served on the School Committee. Bonnie thinks long and hard before she speaks or acts and works at getting along with everyone, traits that are also essential for being effective on the School Committee.
Bonnie Brodner is an energetic, experienced leader who wants to go on serving Lexington. She is a listener as well as an activist, deeply committed to education, inclusive, and respectful of diverse views. She has the talent and the experience to manage our public schools at the appropriate level.
Bonnie is a passionate advocate for our schools and our students. She doesn’t lose sight of the needs of all constituencies of the schools, including teachers, staff, students and parents and she works hard to ensure that all are valued and heard in our diverse school system.
Our school department is a place where dedicated professionals collaborate in a complicated system, supported and challenged by parents, in the important mission of educating all of Lexington’s children. The system works best when respect, empathy, and inclusiveness prevail. On the School Committee, Bonnie consistently demonstrates these qualities.
...her willingness to listen to all sides, her passion and dedication to equality and justice, and her respectful approach to dealing with issues and conflict are exactly the qualities that I believe have made her an effective School Committee Member.
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.
Bonnie Brodner stands with the best. She has demonstrated her commitment to carrying on the Lexington tradition of valuing education. She uses respect and collaboration to get the job done. She is a subtle, but effective problem solver; a hard worker who cares and wants the best for every student. She has what it takes to lead this great community. Please join me in supporting Bonnie’s re-election to the School Committee on Monday, March 3.
In all of my interactions with Bonnie she has shown not only compassion and understanding for the children, faculty and staff who are our school community, but also a knowledge of the nuts and bolts of how to make it run as smoothly and fairly as possible. At the core of her work is this question, “What is best for Lexington’s students?’ She strives to answer this question by understanding all sides of the issue to minimize unintended consequences.
I have worked with Bonnie over the years on a variety of issues. It is clear to me that her sensitivity to diversity in every area that impacts one’s educational experiences as well as her demonstrated drive to consider and weigh the input of all her constituencies, will continue to make her an important contributor to the challenges ahead as our schools face the future.
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.
For many years [Bonnie] has devoted herself to efforts to improve the schools, culminating in election to the School Committee. She will use the knowledge and experience she has gained in that role to the advantage of the students and parents-and of the town.
Bonnie cares about the students that make up the Lexington Public School system, and understands that the changing demographics enhance and enrich our school system.
Going forward how can we as a community meet the needs of a future generation of students? How are we going to provide for our increasingly diverse student community and maintain first class facilities? Bonnie understands the way that the municipal and school side of town government must work together to address these tough issues. She’s been an elected Town Meeting member since 2005.
At times, parents (myself included!) can have emotional and knee-jerk reactions to issues surrounding our children’s education. I can think of no one else who is more measured and respectful in tackling complicated matters where parties’ interests may collide, or who brings a more nuanced, thoughtful bearing to her analyses.
I want to vote for a candidate who understands municipal government, who is a Town Meeting member familiar with municipal budgeting, who knows that public process is messy, who recognizes that people don’t always agree and that the best decisions are derived from the back and forth that comes from opposing views.
For those who claim that the School Committee lacks transparency on the question of Dr. Ash’s contract, imagine the opposite. Had Bonnie and the majority of her colleagues not voted to enter into negotiations, all conversation about Dr. Ash’s contract would have abruptly ended, and his contract would have automatically renewed. Community input would have been rendered moot. Thanks to Bonnie’s vote, all community members now have equal ability to inform the School Committee of their stances on the question of Dr. Ash’s contract by speaking at School Committee meetings, by writing to the School Committee, and by calling School Committee members.
Bonnie was a key player in hiring our new Director of Special Education, Ellen Sugita, and has championed the proposed hiring of a post-secondary Transition Coordinator in the next year. Bonnie’s forward - thinking approach to relevant transition services for students in special education is an important strategy for insuring that our K-12 investment in these students leads to fulfilling, productive adult lives.
Perhaps more important than anything else is Bonnie’s profound commitment to inclusiveness -- to making sure that our schools and our town are a welcoming and supportive place for everyone who comes in contact with them. This commitment grows out of Bonnie’s core values, and it is reflected in all of the work that she does.
Bonnie has a record of listening respectfully to all perspectives and voices, not only to the squeakiest wheels, and of asking questions and gathering and understanding the facts before reaching any conclusions. This approach is so very important. Emotions can run high when it comes to our children and our schools. The schools themselves are like delicate ecosystems in which changes in one area can have unintended consequences elsewhere. It is imperative that our School Committee members listen carefully to the community, yet conduct due diligence before acting.
Bonnie succeeds because she cares deeply about the people that make up the Lexington Public Schools. She always strives to answer the questions “what is best for Lexington students?” She’s an outspoken advocate for Lexington’s students, teachers and staff.
With one three-year term on the School Committee to her credit, Bonnie is fully up to speed but far from stale. She knows the town, the issues, the schools, the players. It’s in the voters’ best interests to tap that on-the-job education and return her to office on Monday, March 3rd.
In Lexington, where education is held in such high esteem, there are often competing interests who want to do what they think is best. She brings values-driven diplomacy to the board, helping me to feel more assured that our children’s interest is the key motivator in our decisions.
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