Mollie Garberg Minuteman Letter to the Editor, February 23, 2017

As a former member of the Appropriation committee, I had the honor of working with both Glenn Parker and Kate Colburn. During our time on the committee, we considered many complex issues facing the town. I always found Glenn’s analyses spot on—thorough, penetrating and complete. He considers every facet of an issue and brings new perspective to the discussion. His calm demeanor sets the tone of the meeting; he listens, considers and adds value. He understands the complex issues facing the Town and is able to clearly explain his decisions and rationale.

Kate was the liaison from the Appropriation Committee to the School Committee and developed expertise on the school operating budget and capital issues. She was always prepared, knowledgeable, insightful, and easy to work with. She helped to educate fellow committee members on the enrollment dynamics in our schools and conveyed important information and analysis to Town Meeting to help inform their decisions. She encouraged the School Committee to explore more effective and efficient options for addressing overcrowding, recognizing that smart investments in the near term would provide long-term benefit to taxpayers.

Glenn epitomizes what I want in a Selectman-demonstrated commitment, experience and patience and I believe that the School Committee needs a member with Kate’s s depth of knowledge and experience to help guide our schools through this challenging growth period in a fiscally responsible way. Their qualities are particularly important as the Town enters a period of significant turnover in senior staff and unprecedented capital spending. I hope you will join me on March 6 in using one of your two votes for Glenn Parker and by voting for Kate Colburn for the 3-year position on the School Committee.

Mollie Garberg