Take Action to Address Overcrowding
Like many Lexingtonians, my husband and I moved here to live in a diverse and welcoming community and to provide our three children with a great public school education. As you know, enrollment growth at all grade levels is trying our students, teachers, and taxpayers. I have been committed to promoting practical, affordable solutions to our school capacity shortage through work on PTO/A Boards, founding the Lexington Parents Advocacy Group, as a Town Meeting Member and on the Appropriation Committee. I would like to ensure our students and teachers have the space they need to maintain educational excellence and I am prepared to make the difficult decisions necessary to create solutions.
Deliver Pragmatic Solutions to Fiscal Challenges
The depth of my work on the Appropriation Committee allowed me to gain a full understanding of the economic dynamics of Lexington. I studied the range of financing options available for school and municipal capital projects, and the effects of every expenditure on taxpayers. As the Appropriation Committee’s liaison to the School Committee, I have been responsible for analyzing and reporting on the full School Department budget and all potential school building projects, and examining ways to balance school and municipal priorities. I will use this experience to help develop practical, long-term, flexible solutions to operating budget pressures and school overcrowding, bringing maximum value to taxpayers.
Support Innovation in Education
Lexington has the opportunity to pioneer a different kind of educational excellence, where students go beyond simply testing well to develop a profound love of learning. I will support the current administration’s efforts to investigate new educational models that focus less on standardized testing and more on encouraging curiosity, discovery, and deep exploration of curriculum topics. These have the potential to strengthen student academic engagement and reduce unhealthy stress.