Anne Boulter Minuteman Letter to the Editor, February 23, 2017

Faced with overcrowding, budget pressures, and severe student stress, Lexington needs strong leadership from its School Committee. After knowing Kate Colburn for more than seven years,  I believe that she would be an amazing advocate for our children in a term on the School Committee.

Rapidly growing enrollment at all grade levels is stressing our students, teachers, and taxpayers.  Kate has an excellent understanding of the complexity and importance of the issues that the School Committee must address this year, and in subsequent years. Enrollment has far exceeded the capacity of our schools, as attested by the many professional studies commissioned by the Committee, and shows no demonstrable signs of abating. Faced with this challenge, Kate founded the Lexington Parents Advocacy Group, representing all of our schools town-wide, and produced a well-considered report with several options.  

Kate has been committed to promoting practical, affordable solutions to our school capacity shortage through work on PTO/A Boards, and as a member of Town Meeting. She has been the Town Meeting Precinct 4 Chair and served on Appropriation Committee as the liaison to the School Committee. In this capacity, she has been responsible for analyzing and reporting on the full school department budget and all potential school building projects, including ways to balance school and municipal priorities.

A consultant to towns who require expertise in municipal and school master planning, Kate brings a wealth of professional experience, deep knowledge of Lexington and the importance of investing our tax dollars wisely to ensure that we balance both school and municipal priorities with a return-on-investment for all of our taxpayers.

We are very fortunate to have someone with the breadth of Kate’s experience and commitment to Lexington.  Please join me in voting for her on March 6th!

Anne Boulter