Mike Kennealy Minuteman Letter to the Editor, February 9, 2017

I write in support of the candidacy of Kate Colburn for Lexington School Committee at our Town Election on March 6.

It is difficult to believe that any candidate could be more prepared for the work of the Committee than Kate.  She is an accomplished professional, with experience in law, municipal government, and community development.  She has served on Town Meeting, the Permanent Building Committee, and the Appropriation Committee, gaining important experience with and understanding of our Town budget.  In addition, Kate has deep experience as a volunteer in the community as the founder of the Lexington Parents Advocacy Group and a member of the boards of the Diamond Middle School PTA, the Fiske Elementary School PTO, the Hancock Nursery School Parent Committee, and LexFUN.  Finally, Kate brings the perspective of a parent, with three children in Lexington schools, in the eighth, fourth, and second grades.

Her founding of, and commitment to, the Lexington Parents Advocacy Group is remarkable.  This is a group of parents that came together to address the issue of overcrowding in our schools.  Nobody asked them to attend School Committee, Selectmen, and other meetings, to gather vast amounts of data, and to advocate strongly for solutions – but they did.  It’s the type of leadership that we should all be grateful for.  Soon, hopefully, Kate will have the opportunity not just to advocate but also to craft and implement policy for our schools.

Our School Committee will be dealing with significant challenges in the coming years, and it needs Kate’s perspective, experience and leadership to function as well as it can and to arrive at the best possible solutions for both Lexington kids and Lexington taxpayers. 

Please join me in voting for Kate - we would be incredibly fortunate to have her serving on the School Committee.

Mike Kennealy