Bruce Leader Minuteman Letter to the Editor, January 26, 2017

When I think about the many challenges that the School Committee is facing I am struck by the complicated nature of the issues. While school overcrowding and building capacity immediately spring to mind, the School Committee’s also concentrate on the continued development of innovative learning models focused on academic excellence. All this is in the pursuit of ensuring that our students develop a true appreciation for the value of life-long learning. While trying to achieve these goals, the School Committee cannot ignore the fact that our tax dollars must also support our municipal necessities.

Given the complexity of these issues, I can think of no one more qualified to deal with these challenges than Kate Colburn. She has an impressive track record serving our town in multiple capacities as a volunteer on a number of PTO boards, a town meeting member, and serving on many town committees including: the Permanent Building, Legal Affairs, and Appropriations Committees. Of particular relevance, as a member of the Appropriations Committee, Kate has been the liaison to the School Committee, focusing her attention on school budgets, proposed capital projects and recommendations to Town Meeting.

Kate is very proactive. As a result of many conversations with concerned parents in Lexington, Kate realized that there was a need for a citizen’s organization to advocate for accountability and effectiveness in response to school population growth and the strain it has placed on the Town’s infrastructure. In response to this need, Kate founded the Lexington Parent’s Advocacy Group.

At the annual town election on March 6th, I am voting for a Kate Colburn. I do so in recognition of her many contributions to our town, and the considerable experience she will bring to the School Committee as it plans for the future.

Bruce J. Leader